SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Both the Western Carolina men's and women's cross country teams took fifth at the 2017 Upstate Invite Saturday morning. Junior Christina Nikolaou took over the top spot for the Catamounts for the first time this season as she placed 16th overall in the women's 5k race with a time of 18:37.4 which ranks as the 21st fastest 5k time in program history.
Sophomore Shawnda Martin was next to cross for the women as she took 25th overall after stopping the clock at 18:48.8.
Sophomores Isaiah Hanna and Justin Tucker led the way for the men as they finished 34th and 35th, respectively. Hanna completed the 8k course in 26:55.6 while Tucker came in at 26:58.4. Fellow sophomore Tyler Robakiewicz took the third spot for WCU as he placed 45th overall after stopping the clock at 27:19.7.
Two more sophomores rounded out the five scorers for the Catamount men as Jacob DeAngelo and Ian Reesh took 48th and 54th, respectively. DeAngelo crossed the line in 27:27.0 while Reesh finished the course in 27:38.5.
Sophomore Lindsey Trotter was the women's third scorer as she stopped the clock at 19:03.1 to place 36th. Senior Madison Goode took 68th overall to finish fourth on the squad as she turned in a time of 20:00.2. The final WCU scorer was sophomore Kayla Deaton who crossed the line in 20:21.9 to earn 80th overall.
ETSU won the women's team title with 48 points while Appalachian State took second while also scoring 48 points. Campbell rounded out the top three with 92 points. WCU (157) defeated conference rivals Mercer (160) and Wofford (260) along with Winthrop (183), UNC Wilmington (193), USC Upstate (222) and Gardner-Webb (280).
The men's team competition was taken by ETSU who tallied just 32 points. Appalachian State (53) took second while Wofford (139) placed third. The Catamounts (160) finished ahead of conference foe Mercer (200) along with Winthrop (168), High Point (176), Coastal Carolina (188), UNC Wilmington (248) and Gardner-Webb (257).
The Catamounts will wrap up the regular season in two weeks on Oct. 13 at the HPU VertCross Invitational in Kernersville, N.C.