ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville men’s and women’s cross country teams will take part in the Mountaineer Open at Appalachian State this afternoon starting at 5 p.m.


This is a change in schedule as the Bulldogs were originally scheduled to take part in the Catamount Classic but that meet was cancelled recently.


“We’re glad we were able to pick up this meet at Appalachian State after the meet at Western Carolina was cancelled,” commented Bulldog coach Jesse Norman.


Both teams have not run since the Big South Preview at VMI two weeks ago.


“We’re looking forward to getting back in a meet,” commented Norman. “This will be a good test for us as we start building toward the conference championships next month. We want to peak on Nov. 2.”


On the women’s side at VMI, freshman Sarah Heisner led the Bulldog effort with a 25th place finish (20:18), followed closely by Melanie Kulesz (20:19.22) in 26th, Adrian Etheridge in 27th (20:19.89), Erin Dalton in 30th (20:35) and Kylie Smith (20:39) in 21st place.


The men’s team at VMI was led by Brent Schouler (28:53.18) in 33rd, followed by Andy Thornburg (28:53.89) in 34th. Kevin Paradise was right behind Thornburg in 35th (28:57.28). Ryan Catrine finished 40th with a time of 29:11. Patrick Osborne came in 45th as he posted a time of 29:32.