August 23, 2007

Men's Cross Country Season Outlook

Banner Elk, NC--After a redshirt season in 2006, senior Lewis Martin (Charlottesville, VA) returns to the fold for the Bobcats chasing his second individual title after winning the championship and being named Runner of the Year in 2005.

After finishing last season's NCAA Southeast regional in sixth and the conference meet in fourth with a youthful squad full of freshman, the Bobcats appear poised to claim a championship this season. Returning All Conference performers Josh Blanc (Hope Mills, NC) and Chris Holtstein (Middleburg, FL) will assist Martin (pictured top left), in bettering last year's performance while Jon Bernal (Oakton, VA) is ready to break through with a strong sophomore season. A talented freshman class led by Aaron Wilkins (Mt. Airy, NC) provides quality depth throughout the roster as the Bobcats look for their fifth team title in ten years.

"I am excited about our team this season. The chemistry and leadership should make this a very fun and enjoyable year," commented Head Coach Craig McPhail. "We will need to maintain development, stay away from injuries and continue to set high goals giving us a great chance for success. Having Lewis compete this year helps. We'll need his passion and leadership to help guide us to the places we want to be. "

The Bobcats will open the season September 8th at the Spartanburg Methodist Eye Opener.