KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 18, 2019) -- Junior Heather Feuchtenberger (Elizabethton, Tenn.) and sophomore Shila Kapaya (Knoxville, Tenn.) paced the ETSU women’s cross country team on Friday evening at the VertCross Invitational.
The Buccaneer duo finished in 43rd and 44th place with Feuchtenberger clocking in at 23:37.28 and Kapaya – the reigning Southern Conference Freshman of the Year – crossing the line in 23:38.63 on the 6K course from the Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex.
"I thought the women had a solid performance on Friday," said head coach George Watts. "There is definitely room for improvement, and if we can get evrryone running well on the same day then we can have a successful conference championship."
High Point, the tournament host, swept both the team and individual titles on Friday.
Junior Famke Heinst won the in 21:12.73, which was 27 seconds faster than her nearest competitor in Charleston Southern’s Caroline Inman.
As a unit, the Panthers totaled 47 points to earn the team by 12 points over Wake Forest. High Point, who averaged a team time of 22:10.09, had three runners finish in the top-five.
ETSU placed seventh with 214 points and an average team time of 24:01.57, which was ahead of SoCon partner VMI and Big South foes USC Upstate, Winthrop, UNC Asheville, Longwood and Gardner-Webb.
The Bucs’ other three countable scores came from freshman Lindsay Holliday (Maryville, Tenn.), sophomore Jessica Lord (Morristown, Tenn.) and senior Mia DePillo (Fort Wayne, Ind.). Holliday finished in 55th (24:00.09), Lord was five spots back in 24:22.56 and DePillo placed 63rd in 24:28.85.
Friday marked ETSU’s final race before hosting the Southern Conference Championships on Saturday, Nov. 2 from Pine Oaks Golf Club. The women’s 5K run begins at 10 a.m.
The Buccaneer men will run in the NCAA Pre-National meet Saturday morning at 11:35 a.m. in Terre Haute, Ind.
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