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Seynaeve broke 19 minutes to finish seventh among collegiate athletes


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September 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 fifth 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 fifth with 151 points behind race-winner and the host Titans (34), Loyola Marymount (36), San Diego (141) and The Master’s (145). The Aztecs averaged a 19:53.50 5K time.

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

Mark Covert Classic results

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