-App State cross country student-athlete Karsyn Kane was named Sun Belt Freshman of the Year and Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year on Friday.
The Freshman of the Year accolade goes to the top-finishing freshman at the Sun Belt Conference Championship who is in their first year competing at their institution. The State College, Pa. native bested all freshmen and newcomers across the Sun Belt by running an 18:15.5 to capture 13th.
“I’m very excited for Karsyn to achieve this,” head coach Miachael Curcio said. “She’s shown a lot of progress in her first semester here at App. She wasn’t intimidated by the challenge as she got right after it from the gun, and she was rewarded for her gutsy performance.”
As voted on by the league’s cross country coaches, Kane also dawned the Newcomer of the Year honor.
Her championship effort, just five seconds shy of a personal best, not only secured Freshman of the Year but propelled the Mountaineers to a team runner-up result. A 13th-place effort on the individual leaderboard at the Sun Belt Championships also marked a career-best finish for Kane.
Kane now joins Izzy Evely as the only two Mountaineers to win the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year Award. Evely won the award in 2018.
In September, Kane also posted a personal 5K record at the Firetower Project, a 18:10.18, lifting the Mountaineers to another second-place team finish, as well as helping App State check in as No. 13 in the USTFCCCA Southeast Regional Rankings.