Seynaeve Leads SDSU Cross Country at Mark Covert Classic

Sept. 2, 2017

BREA, Calif. -


San Diego State cross country produced a solid effort in its first meet of the year, yielding a top 10 finisher and placing third in the Mark Covert Classic (5K), hosted by Cal State Fullerton, on Saturday. 

“The team worked well together,” SDSU head distance coach Robert Lusitana said. “The freshmen contributed strongly by staying in a pack alongside the seniors. It was a great start to what is going to be an exciting season. With little to no room for error, the Aztecs proved today that there isn’t always power in numbers but power in drive and teamwork.”

Senior Lily Seynaeve was SDSU's top finisher at the meet, which saw temperatures in the 80s by the time the race began at 8:45 a.m. She clocked in at 18:51.6 to take seventh among collegiate athletes. Her time was 13.2 seconds faster than her finish at the 2016 Mark Covert Classic (19:04.8).

Classmate Cindy Flores crossed the 5K finish line in 19:43.2 for 25th and, making her collegiate debut, Renee Phillips was 26th with a 19:44.5 time. First-year Aztec Mackenzie Mora logged a 19:54.4 time (33rd) and junior Chrissy Calain rounded out the group at 21:13.8 (60th). 

Appearing at the meet for the fifth-straight year, SDSU took third with 87 points behind race-winner Loyola Marymount (29) and the host Titans (30). San Diego (93) also competed. The Aztecs averaged a 19:53.50 5K time with a total time of 1:39.27.

The Scarlet and Black next competes at the UC Riverside Invitational (6K) on Sept. 16.  

Mark Cover Classic (5K)
Carbon Canyon Regional Park – Brea, Calif.
Sept. 2, 2017

5,000-Meter Division I Women's Team Results
1. Loyola Marymount - 29
2. Cal State Fullerton - 30
3. San Diego State - 87
4. San Diego - 93

5,000-Meter Division I Women's Individual Results (Top 5 of 54 runners + SDSU)
1. Danielle Shanahan (LMU) - 17:56.3
2. Wendi Leos (CSUF) - 18:09.3
3. Alexandra Beitia (LMU) - 18:30.0
4. Samantha Huera (CSUF) - 19:33.0
5. Trinity Ruelas (CSUF( - 18:37.0


7. Lily Seynaeve (SDSU) – 18:51.6
16. Cindy Flores (SDSU) – 19:43.2
37. Renee Phillips (SDSU) – 19:44.5
22. Mackenzie Mora (SDSU) - 19:54.4
35. Chrissy Calain (SDSU) – 21:13.8

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