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App State Women’s Cross Country Finish First, Men Second At Mountains To Sea Open
Sophomore Sarah Sandreuter finished second overall in the women's Mountain to Sea Open

App State Women’s Cross Country Finish First, Men Second at Mountains to Sea Open

App State sophomore Sarah Sandreuter posted a PR in the 5K to lead the Mountaineers to the team title at the Mountains to Sea Open on Friday evening at the Don Kennedy Trails.

The Mountaineers finished with 25 points, with Charlotte finishing second with 32 points and Western Kentucky placing third with 77 points.

Sandreuter crossed second overall for App State in a 5K PR of 17:42.40, bettering her previous mark of 18:38.6.

Lisha Van Onselen was right behind in third place with a time of 17:48.02 and Lila Peters was fourth in a PR time of 17:58.64. Izzy Evely was sixth overall in 18:12.45.

“Our top four did exactly what we asked,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “Based on how we competed today, we are already where we want to be at this point in our competition. We saw some great performances with Sarah Sandreuter finishing first on the team and posting a new PR and Faith Younts stepping up with a great PR.”

Younts also recorded a top-10 finish, crossing 10th overall in a PR time of 18:41.50. Madison Christy, Taylor Houston and Bridget Kunkel placed 12th, 13th and 14th in 18:53.25 (PR), 19:00.40 (PR) and 19:02.03, respectively.

App State will compete next at the Live at Lou Cross Country Classic on Oct. 3. The women’s race is slated for 10:15 a.m. and will feature teams from the ACC, Big 12, Conference USA and SEC.

App State men’s cross country opened the 2020 season with a second-place finish at the Mountains to Sea Open on Friday evening at the Don Kennedy Trails at State Farm Park.

The Mountaineers finished with 43 points at the three-team meet. Charlotte finished first with 18 points and Western Kentucky was third with 85 points.

Isaac Benz led the Black and Gold across the finish line in the 6.4K race with a time of 20:37.21. Ryan Brown and Gable Dershem also posted top-10 finishes, with Brown crossing sixth in 20:44.15 and Dershem placing 10th in 20:57.58.

Dwyane Lillie was 13th in 21:01.76, Michael Flanagan placed 17th in 21:16.44, Ben Cignarale was right behind in 18th place with a time of 21:17.98 and Ben Datte crossed 20th in 21:45.42.

“We are just glad to be racing again,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “Charlotte has been ranked ahead of us in the region and we knew they were going to be tough. We have been taking a different approach to training this season and we hope to limit the gap between our top-four over the next two weeks.”

App State will compete again on Oct. 3 at the Live at Lou Cross Country Classic in Louisville, Ky. The men’s race will begin at 9:30 a.m. and feature teams from the ACC, Big 12, Conference USA and SEC.