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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The No. 22 Virginia men’s cross country team edged No. 24 Georgetown, 132-149, in the 42-team field to win its first title at the 37th-annual Brooks-Paul Short Invitational on a rain-soaked Friday morning. The women’s team, ranked 12th nationally, finished runner-up to No. 6 Georgetown by a score of 34-98.

Senior Emil Heineking led the Cavaliers in his season debut, finishing second overall in the men’s 8k race with a time of 23:49, while Liberty’s Sam Chelanga – the 2009 NCAA Champion – won the race in 23:34. Redshirt junior Ryan Collins was Virginia’s second scorer, finishing 18th in 24:19, while freshman Chris Foley – making his collegiate debut – was 25th, completing the course in 24:35. Fourth for UVa was redshirt sophomore Sean Keveren, finishing 43rd with a time of 24:49, while redshirt junior Andrew Revelle rounded out the scoring Cavaliers with a time of 24:50, earning a 44th-place finish.

In the women’s 6k race, sophomore Barbara Strehler finished fifth overall in 20:26 and was followed by redshirt senior Stephanie Garcia and junior Morgane Gay, who also earned top-10 finishes. Garcia claimed seventh in 20:28, while Gay was 10th with a time of 20:31. Junior Rosemary Barber crossed 35th, earning a time of 21:21, and freshman Ariel Karabinus rounded out the scoring Cavaliers with a 41st-place finish and a time of 21:24.

In the 356-competitor men’s open 8k race, redshirt junior Andrew Mearns finished second overall to Matt DeSilva, who won the title in 25:09. Mearns completed the course in 25:15 and was followed across the line by redshirt junior Robbie Eckardt, who took third in 25:21. Redshirt senior Graham Tribble claimed eighth with a time of 25:38, while redshirt senior Steve Finley was 20th, finishing in 26:01.

Georgetown’s Emily Infeld won the women’s gold race with a time of 20:04.

The Cavaliers will return to action on Friday, Oct. 15, hosting the second-annual Panorama Farms Invitational. Races are set to begin at 4 p.m.

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