For the fourth straight year the Alfred State College cross country team hosted a High School Friendly scrimmage on the college's course. This year over 60 high school athletes from Hornell, Canisteo Greenwood, Dansville, Cuba Rushford, and Bath ran the college's 5k course as they prepare for the start of their seasons.
Scores are not kept for the meet and each athlete that participates is asked to bring an item to be donated to the local food pantry. This year over 80 food items were donated.
Earlier this season, the cross country team also spent time helping the local community. The team got together and cleaned up the flower area at the intersection of 21 and 244 heading into Alfred.
Both projects fall into the Alfred State College athletic department's Athete's for Social Change iniative.
The Alfred State College cross country teams have yet to compete but both the men and women's teams are ranked in the first NJCAA Division III poll of the year. The men are ranked #2 while the women are ranked #8.
On the men's side, SUNY Delhi is ranked #1 followed by ASC. Gloucester (NJ) CC is #3, Mohawk Valley #4, and Suffolk County CC is #5.
Ocean (NJ) CC is ranked #1 on the women's side followed by three Region III schools, Mohawk Valley, SUNY Delhi, and Broome CC.
The Pioneers have two preseason scrimmages (9/1 - Tour de Alfred and 9/4 - Alumni Race) this week before opening up their regular season on September 11th at the annual ASC Inviational.