BOONE, N.C. - The Western Carolina men's and women's cross country teams both finished second Friday evening at the Mountains to Sea Duals hosted by Appalachian State University. The Catamounts finished ahead of ACC member Miami as well as CAA member and sister institution UNC Wilmington. Sophomore Kaitlyn Lingard was WCU's top individual finisher as she placed fifth in the women's 5K race.
Lingard completed the course in 18:34.82 to secure her fifth place showing. Freshman Shawnda Martin was the next to cross for WCU as she came in 10th overall with a time of 18:54.21 which ties her for the 21st best time in program history at WCU.
Freshman Justin Tucker led the men in the 6,400m race as he finished eighth overall after crossing the finish line in 20:55.13. Sophomore Liam Brooks finished just two spots back in 10th as he turned in a time of 21:02.98.
Appalachian State claimed both the men's and women's titles finishing with 21 points in the women's race and 25 in the men's competition. WCU finished second in both races with 64 points on both the women's and men's sides. Miami took third in both races with 64 points in the men's race and 75 in the women's event while UNC Wilmington finished fourth on both sides.
The third Catamount across on the women's side was sophomore Trinity Wiles who placed 24th overall with a time of 20:00.20. WCU's final two scorers for the women were freshman Kayla Deaton and junior Madison Goode. Deaton came in 27th after stopping the clock at 20:10.67 while Goode finished in 28th with a time of 20:12.02.
Sophomore Jordan Bostian was the men's third finisher as he placed 16th overall after completing the course in 21:32.07. Freshmen Tyler Robakiewicz and Isaiah Hanna rounded out the scoring five in 17th and 19th, respectively. Robakiewicz turned in a time of 21:32.14 while Hanna stopped the clock at 21:47.24.
The Catamounts will take a week off before returning to action Oct. 1 at the 11th Annual Foothills Invitational in Oxford, Ala.