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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Led by an individual victory by redshirt senior Stephanie Garcia, the No. 10 Virginia women’s cross country team won its season opening meet – the annual Lou Onesty Open – Friday evening at Panorama Farms, while the men’s team – ranked 22nd nationally – finished second overall.

With a perfect score of 15 points, the Cavalier women set a meet record and outdistanced second-place VCU for the title, as the Rams finished with 62 points. On the men’s side, Norfolk State won the title with 38 points, while the Cavaliers finished runner-up with 43 points. Norfolk State’s Josef Tessema won the men’s title with a time of 25:03.25.

Garcia led seven Cavaliers across the line as the top-nine finishers, completing the 5k course in a time of 17:55.35. Sophomore Barbara Strehler finished second in 18:10.83, while junior Rosemary Barber took fourth in 18:39.30 and junior Anna Corrigan was fifth in 18:51.62. Senior Lyndsay Harper rounded out the scoring Cavaliers, finishing sixth in 19:12.08.

On the men’s side, senior Ryan Collins was Virginia’s top finisher, taking third in a time of 25:13.53. Senior Andrew Revelle was the second Cavalier to finish, taking seventh with a time of 25:48.75, while senior Andrew Mearns was ninth in 25:53.73. Sophomore Zach Vrhovac took 14th, finishing in 26:17.95 and junior Sean Keveren earned a 19th-place finish, crossing in 26:33.30.

Up next, Virginia will head to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., on Friday, Oct. 1 for the Paul Short Invitational.

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