ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Both the Western Carolina men's and women's cross country teams took second at the 2017 Asheville Cross Country Invitational Saturday morning. Junior Kaitlyn Lingard was once again WCU's top performer as she led the women's team with a second place individual finish. She completed the two mile course in 11:37.28.
Junior Christina Nikolaou also finished on the podium for the Catamounts as she took third in 11:48.92.
The men ran a four mile course and WCU was led by junior Jordan Bostian who took seventh overall with a time of 21:02.91. Sophomore Justin Tucker was the next to cross for the Catamounts as he stopped the clock at 21:16.08 which earned him 12th overall.
Sophomore Shawnda Martin picked up a top-10 finish as she claimed ninth with a time of 11:58.67 in the women's race. WCU's final two scorers for the women were sophomore Lindsey Trotter and senior Madison Goode. Trotter just missed out on the top-10 as she finished 12th with a time of 12:01.59 while Goode took 22nd in 12:23.52.
The men's third finisher was sophomore Isaiah Hanna who clocked in at 21:24.44 to place 19th. Sophomores Tyler Robakiewicz and Adam Urbaniuk were the final two scorers for WCU. Robakiewicz traversed the four mile course in 21:26.51 to claim 22nd while Urbaniuk came in 26th with a time of 21:36.48.
The women were edged by just three points in the team race as Wofford finished with 45 points compared to WCU's 48 points. The rest of the top five included Milligan (67), UNC Asheville (78) and Lenoir-Rhyne (134).
The men finished behind host UNC Asheville who tallied 54 points. WCU came in at second with 86 points followed by Lenoir-Rhyne (113), Milligan (120) and Montreat (135).
The Catamounts will return to action next Saturday at the Upstate Invite hosted by USC Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C.