CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Running their first race of the 2014 season both UNC Asheville men’s and women’s cross country teams finished third at the 2014 Western Carolina Invitational on Friday evening on the campus of the Catamounts.
The Asheville men all finished in the top 20, with Andy Thornburg leading the way with a mark of 16:17.74 in the 5k to finish 12th. Patrick Osborne ran a time of 16:18.66 to finish 14th while newcomer Jared Buddington ran a time of 16:36.37 to finish 17th.
Skyler Winchester (16:37.46) and Caleb Smith (16:38.80) rounded out the Bulldogs’ runner, finishing 18th and 20th, respectively.
As a team the Blue & White averaged a time of 16:28.80, finishing with a total time of 82:29.03. Bulldogs Brent Schouler (16:40.27) and Ryan Catrine (16:42.89) ran unattached and placed 21st and 22nd.
On the women’s side freshman Casey Greenwalt ran the two-mile course in a time of 12:14.34 to finish 12th. Kelsie Rubino (12:18.20), Sarah Heisner (12:18.47), Phoebe Schneider (12:20.28) and Kasey Briggs (12:25.36) finished 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th, respectively, to help the Bulldogs to the third place finish.
The women averaged a time of 12:19.35, with a cumulative time of 61:36.75. Adrian Etheridge (12:29.23) finished 22nd and Alyssa Lashway (12:46.87) finished 27th running unattached for the Blue & White.
Florida won both the men’s and women’s side with WCU finishing second on the men’s side and Georgia State finishing second on the women’s.
Asheville will next be in action on Saturday, Sept. 13, when the Bulldogs will take part in the 2014 Big South Preview hosted by Gardner-Webb.