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Pitcher Sam Runion, who played at Asheville-Reynolds, has been promoted to Triple A by the Washington Nationals. Runion, who was taken in the second round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Kansas City Royals, is playing with Syracuse in the International League.

Appalachian State University men’s cross country was picked 13th in the annual preseason U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll, announced by the office on Monday.

The Lees-McRae women’s soccer team was tabbed third in the Conference Carolinas coaches’ preseason poll, the league office announced Monday morning.

The 2014 season gets underway in the Sun Belt this week with 10 of 11 teams in action. Games will be spread out from Wednesday to Saturday night - with plenty of viewing options for fans.

The Hickory Crawdads wrapped up the home portion of their 2014 schedule with a loss Sunday night. The 'Dads fell to the first place Hagerstown Suns 7-2 in the final game of the year at L.P. Frans Stadium.