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App State Women And Men’s Cross Country Teams Win Blue Ridge Open
Izzy Evely (L) and Isaac Benz won the women and men's race outright for the Mountaineers
pictures courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Women and Men’s Cross Country Teams Win Blue Ridge Open

Izzy Evely finished first overall at the Blue Ridge Open to lead App State women’s cross country to the team title on Friday.

The Mountaineers raced against Marshall in a dual meet, with the Black and Gold finishing with 15 points, compared to 49 for the Thundering Herd.

In all, App State claimed the top-six spots, with Evely leading the way with a season-best time of 17:29.81.

Sarah Sandreuter was second in 17:30.34 and Faith Younts crossed third with a PR time of 17:45.00. Sandreuter’s time ranks sixth all-time in program history and Younts’ time ranks second overall in 5K times run by a freshman.

Lisha Van Onselen placed fourth in 17:52.32 and Lila Peters rounded out the top-five with a time of 17:56.52.

Three other Mountaineers earned top-10 finishes in Madison Christy (sixth in 18:21.31, PR), Taylor Houston (eighth in 18:31.66, PR) and Jasmine Donohue (ninth in 18:35.43, PR).

The Mountaineers will now focus their attention to the Sun Belt Championships in Mobile, Ala. on Oct. 31.

Isaac Benz crossed first overall to lead App State men’s cross country to the team title at the Blue Ridge Open on Friday.

The Mountaineers hosted the dual meet with Marshall, with the Mountaineers finishing with 15 points and the Thundering Herd finishing with 49 points. In all, the Mountaineers claimed the top-five finishers.

Benz finished first overall by just under 12 seconds in 25:57.00. Ryan Brown was second in 26:09.62 and Dwayne Lillie placed third with a time of 26:10.24.

Michael Flanagan recorded a fourth place finish in 26:28.88 and Ben Cignarale was right behind in fifth with a time of 26:33.81.

Also posting top-10 finishes for App State were Ethan Barber (seventh in 26:52.25), Ben Datte (ninth in 27:03.23) and Gable Dershem (10th in 27:15.44).