BOSTON – The No. 17 Virginia men’s cross country team recorded a fourth-place finish (98 points) at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown, hosted by Boston College at Franklin Park, on Friday (Sept. 21).
Four of the five scoring Cavalier runners finished in the top 25 at the meet. Graduate student Brent Demarest (Charleston, S.C.) led the team, placing seventh overall with a time of 24:15.7. Junior AJ Ernst (Marblehead, Mass.) and redshirt junior Alex Corbett (Burke, Va.) placed 15th and 19th, respectively. Ernst captured a time of 24:29.4 as Corbett finished with a time of 24:33.4. Junior Randy Neish (Glastonbury, Conn.) recorded a time of 24:37.0 for 22nd place, while junior Ari Klau (West Hartford, Conn.) rounded out the team’s top five with a 35th-place finish and a time of 24:54.6.
“It was a solid start for us in what is basically our first meet of the season,” head men’s cross country coach Jason Dunn said. “It was also a great opportunity for us to preview the ACC championship course which will serve us well down the road. We are not yet at full strength with our lineup, but we are already looking forward to our return to Boston in five weeks.”
No. 10 Syracuse was the top team at the meet, recording a score of 37. No. 26 Washington recorded a score of 70 for second place, while No. 30 Ole Miss finished third with a score of 77.
The Cavaliers will compete next at the Penn State National Open on Oct. 12.