Earlysville, Va. – Junior Rohann Asfaw (Rockville, Md.) turned in the fastest time of the day, leading the No. 23 Virginia men’s cross country to a first-place finish at the Cavalier Classic at Panorama Farms on Saturday (Sept. 24).
The Cavaliers placed all five of their scoring runners in the top 10 to score 29 points and finish first in the team competition. Duke placed second with 37 points, while North Carolina finished third with 64 points. Tennessee recorded 131 points for fourth place while Norfolk State finished fifth with 132 points.
“We had a great event out at Panorama Farms today and it was a nice start for the men’s group,” head men’s cross country coach Jason Dunn said. “It’s still quite early in our season and there is a lot we can improve upon, but I was definitely pleased with a couple of our younger guys, particularly Rohann (Asfaw) and Peter (Morris) who both are clearly much improved from a year ago.”
Asfaw recorded a time of 24:25.7 to finish first by nearly two seconds. Senior AJ Ernst (Marblehead, Mass.) crossed the finish line moments later, recording a time of 24:29.7 for fourth place, while sophomore Peter Morris (Hamilton, Va.) placed sixth with a time of 24:31.8. Redshirt seniors Alex Corbett (Burke, Va.) and Ari Klau (West Hartford, Conn.) rounded out UVA’s scoring runners finishing eighth and 10th, respectively. Corbett ran a time of 24:39.7, while Klau recorded a time of 24:41.0.
The Cavaliers will return to Panorama Farms on Sept. 27 as the team hosts the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational.