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Nov. 13, 2015

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-The No. 12 Virginia men’s cross country team placed second at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship Friday afternoon (Nov. 13) at Panorama Farms in Earlysville, Va.

The Cavaliers finished with 96 points, 19 behind champion Louisville (77 points). No. 26 Eastern Kentucky was third (113), while No. 13 Furman (133) and No. 10 NC State (148) rounded out the top five.

By way of finishing as one of the top-two squads in the regional championships, the Cavaliers have automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships next Saturday (Nov. 21) in Louisville, Ky. It is the fourth-consecutive year the Cavaliers have automatically qualified for the national meet.

Junior Henry Wynne (Westport, Conn.) led the Cavaliers across the line in 12th place overall in a 10K time of 29:46.0. Sophomore Chase Weaverling (Darnestown, Md.) was 14th overall in 29:50.0, while junior Zach Herriott was 17th in 29:56.1. Junior Thomas Madden (Front Royal, Va.) was 25th, so the Cavaliers had four All-Southeast Region honorees. Junior Adam Visokay (Ruckersville, Va.) was 28th overall to round out the scoring five.

“It is a big relief to qualify automatically,” UVA men’s cross country coach Pete Watson said. “We were very disciplined today. I was proud of Chase and Henry for keeping the group together. I’m very proud that they followed the game plan and grouped up.”

“This region is the toughest region in the nation and we thought coming in that there were six teams that have a shot at making the NCAA Champioships,” UVA director of track and field/cross country Bryan Fetzer said. “The guys listened to the strategy Coach Watson placed out for them and they took care of business. Next week is a clean slate and we’ll be ready to go.”

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