TALLULAH FALLS -- The Pfeiffer men's and women's cross country teams wrapped up their 2017 campaign by competing in the USA South Conference Championship on Saturday morning. The Falcons didn't receive a team score as they are not yet able to compete for league championships but were able to run as individuals.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Competing against a field of Division I and II competition, Kylie Spencer posted one of the most impressive times of her career and in program history. The senior posted what is believed to be the best time by a female runner in Pfeiffer cross country history, crossing the finish line in a time of 18:33 and in front of many Division I runners at the Queen City Invitational.
The Pfeiffer Cross Country teams competed at the Maryville College Invitational hosted by Maryville College on Friday Saturday. The women placed three runners in the top 11 en route to a third-place team finish, while the men also placed third on the day.
This week, we continue a new weekly feature entitled "Falcon Friday" which is a light-hearted Q & A session with various student-athletes of our 21 athletic programs that will be released every Friday throughout the 2017-18 athletic season. The feature is designed to get you to learn more about the individuals that make up our great athletic program.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Kylie Spencer took home a first-place finish as both men’s and women’s cross country teams placed third at the Monarch Cross Country Invite hosted by Methodist University on Saturday morning. Spencer’s time of 26:11.39 led the field of 68 runners and was first by 4.8 seconds.
SALISBURY, N.C. - In the opening meet of the season, the Pfeiffer men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the Catawba Invitational at Salisbury Community Park on Saturday morning. The men placed seventh, while the women claimed a sixth place finish.
MISENHEIMER, N.C. - The Pfeiffer Falcons compete in a historic weekend as the men’s soccer, women’s soccer, cross country and volleyball teams open their inaugural Division III campaign in the next couple of days. The long awaited Division III debut kicks off tonight as the men’s soccer team battles Lynchburg.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MISENHEIMER, N.C. - Pfeiffer University has been accepted by the USA South Athletic Conference to begin the process of full membership within the Conference in a vote by the league presidents this morning. Pfeiffer is currently in the process of reclassifying from NCAA Division II to Division III and will begin USA South play in the 2017-18 season.
High Point, N.C. – With the completion of the fall season conference championships, Conference Carolinas is pleased to announce the Fall Team Sportsmanship Award winners for 2015. These teams were recognized to have demonstrated the best sportsmanship in their Conference Carolinas sport, as voted by member coaches and student-athletes from all member institutions. Pfeiffer University, Barton College, Converse College, North Greenville University, and King University earned honors, bringing them closer to the 2015-2016 Mesick Sportsmanship Award.
WINGATE, N.C. - The Pfeiffer women's cross country team improved its finish from last year's NCAA Regionals by 11 spots as the Falcons claimed 18th place. Montevallo finished first overall, while the host Wingate placed second.
High Point, N.C. - Conference Carolinas has announced the 2015 Men and Women's Cross Country Academic All-Conference award winners. "Academics and Athletics Working Together" is the foundational principle of the conference and the student-athletes from each member institution exemplify that aim.
CONCORD, N.C. - For the second consecutive season, sophomore Kylie Spencer earned All-Conference honors at the Conference Carolinas Championships hels at Frank Liske course. Spencer's seventh place finish overall garnered her Second Team All-Conference accolades after being named Third Team All-Conference in 2014.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In a meet that featured 39 teams on the men's side and 37 on the women's, the Pfeiffer cross country teams ran to a solid finish. The Falcons were led by a strong performance from the women who finished 21st and were third among Conference Carolinas programs.
WINGATE, N.C. - On a rainy and wet course, the Pfeiffer cross country teams elected to play it safe and avoid injury at the Bulldog Stampede hosted by Wingate University. The men's team placed 19th, while the women finished in 18th.
SALISBURY, MD - The Pfeiffer men’s and women’s cross country teams opened up the 2015 season in impressive fashion at the Salisbury University Fall Classic on Saturday morning. The women placed third overall with Cassidy Hooper and Kylie Spencer finishing third and fourth overall, while the men took home a 7th place finish in against top competition.