KERNERSVILLE, N.C. - The Western Carolina men's and women's cross country teams traveled across the state to compete in the VertCross Invitational hosted by High Point University Friday afternoon. The field featured teams from the ACC, Atlantic 10, Big South, CAA, Conference USA, OVC, Southern and Sun Belt conferences. The women finished 11th in the field of 20 while the men placed 15th in a 22-team field.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Lingard was WCU's overall top finisher as she placed 11th in the women's 6k race with a blazing time of 21:58.79. The 21:58 ties Lingard's second fastest time in program history which she set last season at the Furman Cross Country Classic. Freshman Shawnda Martin was the next Catamount across the line as she placed 31st overall with a time of 22:33.00 which ranks as the sixth fastest time in program history.
Sophomore Liam Brooks was the Catamount men's top finisher as he placed 49th overall with a time of 26:13.00. Freshman Justin Tucker was next across as he placed 66th after stopping the clock at 26:27.15.
Sophomore Jada Blake came across third for the women and 90th overall after completing the course in 24:00.11. Sophomore Trinity Wiles and freshman Sydney Winchel rounded out the scoring five on the women's side. Wiles placed 94th with a time of 24:05.04 while Winchel came in 102nd after stopping the clock at 24:13.31.
Sophomore Jordan Bostian took third for the men and 124th overall with a time of 27:17.95. Freshmen Isaiah Hanna and Jordan Kokoska rounded out the scoring five on the men's side. Hanna took 149th after crossing the line in 27:48.43 while Kokoska placed 162nd with a time of 27:57.20.
George Mason took the title on the men's side while Duke finished second and ETSU came in third. Duke won the women's team race followed by Appalachian State and Richmond.