CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Western Carolina men's and women's cross country teams both won the WCU Fast Cat Invitational over visiting UNC Asheville Friday evening. Freshman Shawnda Martin won the women's two mile race while sophomore Liam Brooks captured the men's 5K title to close out the Catamount cross country season.
The women captured four of the top-five slots in the two mile event with Martin leading the way after posting a time of 11:26.29. Junior Madison Goode was next to cross for WCU as she placed third overall after stopping the clock at 11:39.28. Senior Katarina Ruehl closed out her cross country career with a fourth place showing at 11:40.35. The final top-five finisher was freshman Kayla Deaton who clocked in at 11:42.60.
The women's final scorer was freshman Lindsey Trotter who came in seventh overall with a time of 11:48.34.
The men placed three harriers in the top five as Brooks led the squad with a time of 15:17.45. Freshman Justin Tucker came in third to score points for the Catamounts after crossing the line in 15:37.30. Sophomore Jordan Bostian placed fifth after completing the course in 15:52.31.
WCU's final two scorers on the men's side were freshman Isaiah Hanna and sophomore Harrison Conner. Hanna took sixth with a time of 15:54.99 while Conner came in ninth after stopping the clock at 16:03.64.
The women won the event by 19 points over UNC Asheville as they compiled 20 points compared to UNCA's 39. The men earned a nine point victory over the Bulldogs 24-33.
Western Carolina will now turn its focus to the indoor track season where the men enter as the defending Southern Conference Champions and the women return after placing second at last year's championships.