MXC: Men’s Cross Country Finishes Second at Sun Belt Championships

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MOBILE, Ala. – Appalachian State men’s cross country finished second at the Sun Belt Men’s Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Mobile, Ala.
The Mountaineers tallied 76 points. UT Arlington won the team title with 66 points. Troy was third with 90 points and Coastal Carolina was fourth with 92 points.
Dakota Mendenhall and Gable Dershem earned All-Sun Belt honors for the Black and Gold.

“I am really proud of Dakota Mendenhall and Gable Dershem,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “Dakota had a great performance in his first Sun Belt race and Gable overcame hamstring issues all season to post a strong finish today.”
Mendenhall garnered in Second Team All-Sun Belt honors with a ninth-place finish in a PR time of 25:23.16.
Dershem earns his second consecutive All-Sun Belt honor, placing 11th overall in a PR time of 25:36.34.
Ryan Brown was 17th in a PR time of 25:50.16, Collin Loy placed 19th in 25:54.86 and Michael Flanagan recorded a 20th place finish with a time of 25:55.75.
Ben Cignarale was 26th in 26:14.8 and Isaac Benz placed 30th in 26:24.2.

“The future looks bright for the program,” added Curcio. “We have gained a wealth of experience these past two seasons and will continue to build our program.”
With their second-place finish, the Mountaineers have now finished in the either first or second at the Sun Belt Championships four times since joining the conference in 2014.

Final Standings
1. UT Arlington, 66
2. Appalachian State, 76
3. Troy, 90
4. Coastal Carolina, 92
5. Texas State, 104
6. Louisiana, 131
7. South Alabama, 146
8. Arkansas State, 187
9. ULM, 244
10. Little Rock, 283