Terre Haute, Ind. –The Virginia women’s cross country team concluded the Under Armour Pre-National Invitational at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course, the site of the 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships, on Saturday (Oct. 19) with junior Hannah Moran (Salem, Va.) finishing as the top UVA runner for the third consecutive meet.
The Cavaliers placed 29th in the team standings, scoring 711 points. No. 8 Washington won the race with 84 points as No. 2 BYU finished second with 87 points and No. 3 Colorado finished third with 126 points.
“Hannah Moran did a great job today,” director of track & field and cross country/associate athletics director of administration Vin Lananna said. “She was engaged and progressed through the race well. I was happy to see the women engaged in catching people at the end. Going forward, the goal for ACCs is to continue progressing and to get everyone healthy and back in our lineup.”
Moran battled her way to a 67th-place finish to lead the Cavaliers for the third consecutive meet. She moved up 31 spots in the final 2k of the race to conclude the day with a time of 21.06.0.
Junior Kiera Bothwell (Springfield, Va.) was the second UVA runner to cross the finish line, running a time of 21:31.3 for 105th place. Redshirt junior Olivia Sargent’s (Yardley, Pa.) time of 21:48.8 placed her 139th. Freshman Natalie Bardach (Vienna, Va.) placed 200th and junior Madelin Rennyson (Lynchburg, Va.) finished 205th to round out the team’s top five. Bardach ran a time of 22:21.9, while Rennyson ran a time of 22:25.6.
The Cavaliers will return to action for the ACC Championships on Nov. 1 in Blacksburg. Va.