Men’s Cross Country: Catamounts kick off season with strong showing

Youngwood, PA- The Potomac State harriers got their cross country season underway for the 2015 campaign at the Westmoreland Wolfpack Invitational for the 5k race in the 9 team invitational.   The Catamounts opened their season right where they left off, in record breaking fashion.  Freshman, Jared Hallow (Gerradstown, WV) 2nd place finish led Potomac State to a
Jared Hallow
Jared Hallow
runner-up performance with his school record breaking time of 16:05.  Hallow’s time set the standard for Catamount Cross Country as he shattered the school record by 90 seconds.  Freshman Gregory Dirlik (Silver Spring, MD) followed closely with a 6th place finish in a time of 17:09.  Matthew Spencer (Baltimore, MD) was the next to cross the line for the Catamounts with an 11th place finish.  Pierce Miller (Keyser, WV) in 19th and Zachary Green (Washington, DC) in 28th rounded out the scoring for Potomac State.

The University of Pittsburgh- Greensburg won the team title with 41 points to Potomac State’s 45.

“It was a great opening meet and was nice to let the guys run a 5k which is the same distance as they run in high school, while in college we normally run 8k’s.  Jared ran an incredibly gutsy race as he led the majority of the race and was able to capture the school record in his college debut.  I was also impressed with the way that Greg and Matthew competed and stuck their nose in the thick of things to earn much needed low points for the team.  I’m happy with where we are and to earn a runner-up finish losing by just 4 points is just icing on the cake and we will continue to build from here,” stated Ian Hankins, PSC Head Coach.

The Catamounts will be back in action next weekend at the Alderson-Broaddus Seaton Invitational in Phillipi, WV