2016-17 Cross Country News

  • Falcons Close Season With Strong Showing at NCAA Regionals
    November 05, 2016
    MONTEVALLO, AL - The Pfeiffer men’s and women’s cross country teams wrapped up a strong season with a good showing at the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional meet this morning. The women placed 16th, while the men finished in 23rd at the event.
  • Five Cross Country Runners Selected to Academic All-Conference Team
    October 21, 2016
    HIGH POINT, N.C. – The 2016 Conference Carolinas Men and Women’s Cross Country Academic All-Conference Teams were announced Friday (Oct. 21) by the conference. Pfeiffer placed five runners on the All-Academic team. The women were represented by Bailey Holshouser, Jazmine Miller and Kylie Spencer, while the men placed Alex Brown and Mackennon Watson on the Academic All-Conference team.
  • Spencer Earns Second Team All-Conference at League Championship Meet
    October 21, 2016
    HARRISBURG, N.C. - For the third time in her career, junior Kylie Spencer earned a spot on the All-Conference team as her ninth place finish at the Conference Carolinas meet placed her on the Second Team All-Conference this afternoon. Spencer has earned back-to-back Second Team All-Conference honors after garnering Third Team as a freshman.
  • Spencer's Second Place Finish Leads Falcons to Strong Showing at Piedmont Invite
    October 08, 2016
    TALLULAH FALLS, GA - Kylie Spencer’s second place finished led the women’s cross country team to a second place finish at the Piedmont College Invitational this afternoon. The men took home fifth place in the event.
  • Cross Country Runs at Greensboro Invitational
    September 24, 2016
    GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Pfeiffer men's and women's cross country teams ran at the 33rd annunal Greensboro Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The women took home a fifth place finish, while the men placed eighth.
  • Women Bring Home First Place Finish and Men Come in Third at Bulldog Invitational
    September 09, 2016
    WILSON, N.C. - The Pfeiffer Cross Country teams competed at the Bulldog Invitational hosted by Barton College on Friday night. The women placed five runners in the top 12 en route to a first place team finish, while the men took home third place.
  • Spencer and Hooper Finish in Top 10 to Lead Falcons to Second Place Finish
    September 03, 2016
    SALISBURY, N.C. - Both Cassidy Hooper and Kylie Spencer finished inside the top 10 to lead the Pfeiffer women’s cross country team to a second place finish at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational hosted by Catawba. Brandon Boyd led the men to a fourth place finish.
  • Coaches Corner: Q & A with Andrew Howard
    July 11, 2016
    When did you know you wanted to be a Cross Country/Track and Field coach? When I finished my eligibility at Gardner-Webb, I still had one semester of classes left before I graduated. My coach offered me a chance to keep my scholarship if I helped him coach during the cross country season. That semester I really enjoyed the coaching side and went on to coach at my high school that January after I graduated. How would you grade your first year as the Head Coach? My first season as head coach has been mixed. We celebrated our first two conference champions and multiple All-Conference performers. But we also finished last as a team on the men's side in all three seasons. I think individually we had a great all-around year but are still searching for success on the team side of things. The women's team finishes are deceptive. If you look, we finished 7th as a team but were only 15 pts out of third. During the past indoor track season, you had 17 athletes break records. What do you attribute the success to? The success definitely goes to the athletes' hard work. They have committed to getting better every day and worked hard to improve. The broken records show the evolution of our program from it's infancy in 2015. One of the goals we set at the beginning of indoor/outdoor season was to break most of the records set the previous year. This shows the natural progression and improvement of our athletes. How have your experiences as a Division I athlete at Gardner Webb help you in your coaching career? The thing you learn from being an athlete at any level is time management, the knowledge of how hard you have to work to stay successful and the commitment that you have to make to be a college athlete. As a coach, I use this knowledge as examples for my athletes. I can relate with them how hard it is, and how much work you have to do. It also gives me a perspective of what they are going through on a day to day basis. What is your favorite thing about coaching at Pfeiffer? My favorite thing about coaching at Pfeiffer is just the supportive nature that you get from the Administration, the faculty, the Athletics Administration, and the general community. Being a young coach, it has been very helpful to receive advice and help in navigating the pitfalls of college coaching. I have learned a lot and have been given the tools to be successful.