BOONE, N.C. – The App State men’s and girls’s cross nation teams opened the season with a pair of second-place group finishes on the Firetower Project Run on Friday. The males’s group recorded 55 points, while the ladies’s staff recorded 67.
“Today was a fantastic begin to our season,” stated girls’s distance coach Annie Richards. “The ladies are approaching their coaching with a team-focused perspective and dedication to improvement and growth. To have the flexibility to race the greatest way we did today during an enormous training block signifies each that our work is paying off and that there is so much extra to return this season. Several performances that have been particularly spectacular have been junior Catherine Breault and freshman Rhys Ammon’s lifetime bests.”
In her debut in the Black and Gold, freshman Kaitlyn Obremski led the Mountaineer ladies, clocking a personal finest 5K time of 18:07.52 to complete sixth individually. Senior Jasmine Donohue placed 11th (18:26.77) and Breault positioned 12th (18:32.71, PR). Ammon posted a personal best of 18:40.22 to complete 16th total.
“It was a strong begin to the season,” stated males’s distance coach Brad Herbster. “We had three objectives for the race and it was good to see our guys give good effort and execute their individual race plans. We are lacking some individuals and look ahead to getting them again in the lineup. Fifth-year senior Oliver Wilson-Cook really put himself in a nice place and sophomore Ethan Lipham and senior Calbert Guest each positioned themselves within the race as nicely. We have lots of work to do and will sit up for returning to the home course in two weeks.”
Wilson-Cook set pace for the Mountaineers in the men’s 8K, clocking a time of 24:28.33 to put seventh overall. Guest completed eighth with a private greatest time of 24:28.75. Lipham and senior Dwayne Lillie positioned 11th (24:42.66) and 12th (24:48.65), respectively.
The Mountaineers will host the Covered Bridge Open on Sept. 15 on the Don Kennedy Trails at State Farm. The ladies’s 5K is about for 10 a.m. with the men’s 8K to observe at 10:40 a.m.