Wildschutt Wins Men's Sun Belt Title; Chants Men and Women Place 7th
Boone, N.C. - For the second straight year, Coastal Carolina had an individual champion at the Sun Belt Cross Country Championships as Nadeel Wildschutt won the men's race.
Both the men's and women's Coastal Carolina cross country teams finished in seventh place.
Men's | 7th of 10 -- 169 Points
Wildschutt crossed the finish line in first with a time of 24:44.3. His finish continues a four-race win streak for the Ceres, South African native. He is just the second Chanticleer to win a men's cross country individual title. He joins Terah Kipchiris, who won back-to-back Big South titles in 2002 and 2003.
Hutson Baumann placed ninth (25:26.6) and was the second Coastal runner to finish, adding another top 10 finish for his junior season. Andrew Southard came in 49th, crossing the finish line with 27:26.8, and followed by Michael Pieterse with a time of 27:52.4 to place 51st.
The Sun Belt men's team champion was host Appalachian State with 70 points, followed by UT Arlington in second with 73 points, Texas State with 75 points for third. South Alabama and Louisiana closed out the top five with 113 points and using the place of the runners to determine fourth and fifth respectively.
Women's | 7th of 12 -- 180 Points
Alyssa LeClaire placed 31st (18:44.4), followed by Kayla Tracy and Taylor Creagh closing out the scoring in 59th and 60th with times of 19:43.6 and 19:47.2, respectively. Giovanna Leone (70th; 20:31.0) and Alexis Carpenter (74th; 20:45.8) were the final Coastal runners to cross the finish line.
Texas State won the women's team championship with 53 points, second belonged to host Appalachian State with 80 points. South Alabama placed third with 91 points, followed by Arkansas State (100 points) and Louisiana (131 points) closed out the top five teams.
The Coastal Carolina cross country team will next travel to Earlysville, Va. (Nov. 10), to compete in NCAA Southeast Regional.