Men's Cross Country Finishes Fourth at Washington Invitational
Oct. 4, 2014
SEATTLE, Wash. – The No. 13 Virginia men’s cross country team had a strong showing Saturday, finishing fourth against an elite field at the Washington Invitational. In a meet that was highlighted by five of the top nine teams in the nation, the Cavaliers finished ahead five teams ranked in top 30 nationally, including three top-10 squads.
Second-ranked Northern Arizona won the meet with 62 points, followed by No. 20 UCLA with 72 points and No. 6 Stanford with 92 points. The Cavaliers were fourth with 112 points, finishing ahead of No. 26 Oklahoma (129 pts), No. 28 Washington (152 pts), No. 9 Villanova (153 pts), No. 7 Indiana (157 pts) and No. 5 Portland (204 pts).
“This was a very solid effort for the boys,” said men’s head coach Pete Watson. “They raced hard, showed great depth and maintained composure at the critical parts of the race. This course was flat and fast and really doesn’t suit us very well. When we move to 10k, I am very excited for this group.”
Virginia had its top five all cross the line among the top 27 runners on the 8K course at the Jefferson Park Golf Course. Junior Kyle King (Yorktown, Va.) led the way with a 19th place finish in a time of 23:55. Sophomores Connor Rog (Fairfield, Conn.) and Thomas Madden (Front Royal, Va.) followed in 20th and 21st place, respectively. Junior Zach Herriott (Kansas City, Mo.) finished in 25th place and sophomore Adam Visokay (Ruckersville, Va.) rounded out the scoring five in 27th place.
“Kyle being sick earlier in the week affected him a little bit, but he will rebound,” said Watson. “I am very proud of the boys and excited to go back into training and preparing for the ACCs. Again, the depth on this team is really impressing me.”
The Cavalier men will have four weeks off before they host the ACC Championships on Oct. 31 at Panorama Farms. The Cavalier women return to action on Oct. 17 with the Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, prior to hosting the ACC Championships.
Men’s Top Five Teams
1. Northern Arizona (62)
2. UCLA (72)
3. Stanford (92)
4. Virginia (112)
5. Oklahoma (129)