BOONE, N.C. - The Western Carolina men's and women's cross country teams traveled to former Southern Conference rival Appalachian State Saturday morning to compete in the Mountains to Sea Duals. The Catamounts faced competition from Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, Georgia State, Lees-McRae, Louisburg College, North Carolina, Troy and UNC Wilmington. The women finished fifth in the 10 team field while the men took seventh out of nine programs.
Junior Kaitlyn Lingard once again led the Catamounts as she posted a personal best time of 18:15.13 over the 5k course. The time ranks ninth in the WCU record book and earned her a 14th-place finish on Saturday. Junior Christina Nikolaou was next to cross the line for the Catamounts in 28th as she posted a time of 18:50.29. The time also puts Nikolaou in 25th on the WCU record book list for the program's best 5k times.
Sophomore Justin Tucker led the way for the men as he finished the 6,400m course in 27:23.98 which earned him 34th overall. Junior Jordan Bostian, who led the Catamounts in their first race of the season, came across second for WCU as he rounded the course in 27:40.38 to claim 38th.
Sophomores Lindsey Trotter and Shawnda Martin finished within seconds of each other as they crossed third and fourth for the Catamounts. Trotter took 37th overall with a time of 19:04.38 while Martin finished four spots back after stopping the clock at 19:10.51. The final WCU scorer on the women's side was Sophomore Kayla Deaton who took 69th after crossing the line in 20:43.25.
Sophomore Tyler Robakiewicz was the third Catamount finisher for the men as he turned in a time of 28:02.63 to earn a 46th-place finish. WCU's final two scorers were sophomore Ian Reesh and junior Harrison Conner who finished just a few spots behind Robakiewicz. Reesh finished two spots back in 48th after stopping the clock at 28:04.60 while Conner came in two spots behind Reesh in 50th with a time of 28:05.84.
North Carolina won the women's team race with just 27 points. Appalachian State (60) and College of Charleston (83) rounded out the top three. The Catamounts (149) defeated Troy (150), Georgia State (171), UNC Wilmington (173), Louisburg (280) and Lees-McRae (300).
UNC also won the men's race with 24 points and was followed by Troy (73) and Appalachian State (88). WCU tallied 187 points to finish ahead of Lees-McRae (190) and UNC Wilmington (250).