CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Seven of WCU's 10 scoring runners at the 2016 Southern Conference Championships set personal bests including four on the women's side and three on the men's side. Both the men's and women's cross country teams placed seventh overall in their respective races with defending champions Furman claiming both team titles.
The men, who compiled 219 points, finished just ahead of UNCG and The Citadel who scored 220 and 221 points, respectively. The women totaled 176 points which bested eighth place VMI who scored 195. WCU was just five points behind Wofford and UNCG who tied for fifth with 171 points.
Freshman Shawnda Martin ran the fifth fastest 5K time in program history on the women's side as she crossed the line 20th overall with a blazing time of 18:03.63. Sophomore Kaitlyn Lingard was next to stop the clock for the Catamounts as she placed 38th overall with a time of 18:42.69. Freshman Kayla Deaton posted the 23rd fastest time in program history as she placed 41st overall with a time of 18:46.56. Sophomore Jada Blake was next in line in 42nd overall after stopping the clock at 18:50.42 which ranks as the 25th best time in program history. The women's final scorer, freshman Lindsey Trotter, tied the 30th best time in school history as she completed the course in 18:55.58 which placed her 45th overall.
Sophomore Liam Brooks tied the 10th best 8K time in program history as he completed the championship course in 25:04.27. His time earned him 23rd overall in the race. Freshman Justin Tucker was the next Catamount to cross as he placed 41st overall as he tied the 21st overall fastest time in program history after stopping the clock at 25:37.58. The final top-30 program best time on the men's side came from freshman Isaiah Hanna who placed 52nd overall in the race with a time of 25:57.90. His time ranks 29th on the top-30 times in program history.
Freshman Adam Urbaniuk and sophomore Jordan Bostian rounded out WCU's scoring five in 64th and 65th, respectively. Urbaniuk posted a time of 26:35.25 while Bostian crossed the line in 26:37.67.
The Catamounts will now begin preparing for the WCU Fast Cat Invitational which will take place in Cullowhee Friday, Nov. 4 at 6 pm.