Nov. 18, 2017

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Louisville, Ky.- The Virginia men’s cross country team finished 16th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday (Nov. 18) at the E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. The finish was the best for the Cavaliers since 2013, when the team finished 13th overall.

Additionally, senior Brent Demarest (Charleston, S.C.) finished 19th in the men’s 10,000-meter race with a time of 29:43.6, tying for the second-best finish in school history. His performance earned him All-America honors.

“Proud of the fight in the guys today,” head men’s cross country coach Pete Watson said. “Brent Demarest was fantastic again today. Being in the top 20 in this meet is a massive result for him. I feel for Lachlan Cook who has been so consistent all year, but today he caught a nasty cramp. He didn’t end up with the result he wanted, but most importantly he didn’t quit and held on for a solid result. Chase and Ari were really solid and Corbett did a nice job. I asked the guys for a full team effort and today they delivered. It’s always nice to be the top team from the region and finish higher than the pre-race rankings.”

The Cavaliers finished 16th with 436 points. Northern Arizona finished first for the second consecutive year, recording 74 points, while Portland finished second with 127 points and BYU finished third with 165 points.

Sophomore Lachlan Cook (Brisbane, Australia) was the second Cavalier to finish today’s meet, placing 85th with a time of 30:32.7. Senior Chase Weaverling (Darnestown, Md.) finished 101st with a time of 30:43.0, while redshirt sophomores Ari Klau (West Hartford, Conn.) and Alex Corbett (Burke, Va.) rounded out the scoring runs for the Cavaliers. Klau finished 115th with a time of 30:52.3, while Corbett finished 197th with a time of 31:35.7.

Virginia’s performance was the second-best among ACC schools, falling only to Syracuse who finished in 13th place, and best among schools from the Southeast region.