Western Carolina’s women finished fifth, and the men were eighth out of nine teams as the cross country season got underway Aug. 30 with the Covered Bridge Open hosted by Appalachian State.

“I’m excited about how the women’s team ran,” Coach Jesse Norman said. “Even with adding 200 meters to the course, we had some good efforts and set ourselves up well.

“The men’s side was disappointing as I feel we’re better than what we showed,” Norman said.

Florida State won both meets.

Lindsey Trotter led the WCU women, navigating the 5,200-kilometer course with a time of 19:29.51 to finish 28th. Completing the Lady Cats’ top five were:

Kate Mattison, 30th, 19:34.02; Siena Gates, 34th, 19:49.26; Jamie Blaylock, 45th, 20:16.35; and Shawnda Martin, 54th, 20:31.32.

FSU had 20 points followed by East Carolina (63), High point (63), ASU (100), WCU (147), East Tennessee (182), UNC-Asheville (202), USC-Upstate (227) and Spartanburg Methodist (282).

High Point’s Famke Heinst was the individual winner in 18:00.6. Florida State took the next five spots.

Isaiah Hanna led the Western men as he was 40th in the 8K with a time of 27:32.11. Rounding out the Catamounts’ top five were:

Fletcher Bost, 43rd, 27:36.63; Andrew Edney, 46th, 27:45.40; Justin Tucker, 63rd, 28:49.49; and Terry Young, 65th, 28:57.14.

FSU had 28 points followed by ASU (49), ECU (90), High Point (96), ETSU (98), UNC-A (137), USC-U (195), WCU (230) and Spartanburg Methodist (288).

Led by Kasey Knevelbaard’s winning time of 24:58.48, the Seminoles took three of the top five spots and five of the top 10.