DOTHAN, ALA. – Appalachian State University men’s cross country finished fourth with 97 teams points at the 2016 Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday afternoon. UT Arlington grabbed their second-consecutive championship with 45 team points, followed by UL Lafayette in second (66 points) and Texas State in third (88 points).
“I am certainly disappointed that we did not win,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “The men knew we could be forth to first. Lafayette and Texas State really put a good race together. We rallied through the middle portion of the woods and guys tried to fight back to second, but it wasn’t meant to be. I am proud of the races the guys put in, probably a better effort than earlier meets. It was a challenging weather situation that took a great effort to overcome.”
Craig Lautenslager of UT Arlington snatched the 8k individual crown with a time of 24:20.90. ULL’s Stanley Limoh and Beau Robinson came in second and third respectively running 24:25.40 and 24:31.50.
The fastest Mountaineer in Dothan was Michael Ellis who clocked a time of 25:17.20 to finish in eleventh and earn third-team all-conference honors. Three spots behind Ellis was all-conference honoree Chris Anderson who sprinted across the finish line in 25:35.60 to take 14th. Jacob Sears crossed the tape in 25:49.30 to place 16th to round out App’s top three competitiors.
App State’s sixth-best performer was Ryan Shannon who clocked a time of 27:08.90 to place 42nd.
The men will run a 5k on Saturday, Nov. 5 in Cary, N.C at the 3 Stripes Invitational. The men’s race starts at 10 a.m.
2016 SBC XC Championship Team Scores
1. UT Arlington - 45 points
2. UL Lafayette - 66 points
3. Texas State - 88 points
4. Appalachian State - 97 points
5. South Alabama - 129 points
6. Little Rock - 157 points
7. Arkansas State - 179 points *
8. Troy - 179 points *
9. UL Monroe - 211 points
10. Coastal Carolina - 226 points
* - Tiebreakers: Arkansas State (3 W-W-W-L-L); Troy (2 L-L-L-W-W)
App State Results
11. Michael Ellis - 25:17.20
14. Chris Anderson - 25:35.60
16. Jacob Sears - 25:49.30
20. Andrew Vandenberg - 25:57.40
36. Evan Georges - 26:44.40
42. Ryan Shannon - 27:08.90