CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Cavaliers will close the regular season on Friday (Oct. 16) as the Virginia men’s and women’s cross country teams host Duke and Virginia Tech for the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational at Panorama Farms in Earlysville.
Due to health and safety considerations in addition to the current guidelines established for sports venues by the Commonwealth of Virginia, attendance at UVA home competitions is limited to family of student-athletes and each team’s coaching staff until further notice. There is no public admission to these events and all tailgating in University parking lots is prohibited.
Fans can follow the action through live results linked at VirginiaSports.com. Updates throughout the meet will be provided on the team’s official Twitter account, @UVATFCC.
Date: Friday, Oct. 16
Location: Panorama Farms – Earlysville, Va.
• Women’s 5k – 4:15 p.m.
• Men’s 8k – 5 p.m.
Hoo’s Earning Honors
• Senior Rohann Asfaw (Rockville, Md.) earned his second national honor from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) after leading the Cavaliers to victory at the Wolfpack Invite
• Asfaw captured the top time at the meet to win his second consecutive race of the season
• He is the third NCAA Division I male cross country runner to win the national honor twice in one season within the last five years and fourth to do so since the founding of the award in 2013
• He joins Texas Tech’s Kennedy Kithuka (2013), Florida A&M’s Elias Chesire (2013), Syracuse’s Justyn Knight (2016) and Iowa State’s Edwin Kurgat (2019) as two-time honorees
• In addition to his national honor, Asfaw and freshman Wes Porter (Kansas City, Mo.) received their second weekly nod from the ACC
• Asfaw was named the ACC Runner of the Week, while Porter earned ACC Freshman of the Week honors
• The Cavaliers return home for their final regular-season race as the team hosts the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational
• Virginia has hosted the meet every season since 2009 with the exception of the 2018 season when the race was cancelled due to inclement weather
• Virginia has won the women’s competition five times, while the men have won six times
• This will be the second time this season Virginia will face the Blue Devil men after both teams competed at the Wolfpack Invite
• Virginia and Virginia Tech will face each other on the course for the first time this season
Last Time Out
• The Cavalier men won their second consecutive meet, topping the Wolfpack Invite against NC State, Duke and North Carolina
• Asfaw ran a career-best time of 23:32.5 to win the race, his second individual title of the season
• All five of Virginia’s scoring runners in the men’s race completed the 8k course with a career-best time
• Seniors Kiera Bothwell (Springfield, Va.) and Hannah Moran (Salem, Va.) led the women’s team with a fifth and sixth-place finish, respectively
• The Cavalier women finished third against NC State and North Carolina
• Virginia Tech will compete in its second meet of the season after opening the year at home with the Virginia Tech Invitational
• The Hokies raced Duke and NC State at the meet and finished third in both competitions
• The men’s team was led by Fitsum Seyoum, who finished fourth overall with an 8k time of 25:02.3
• On the women’s side, Lindsey Butler led the team with an 11th-place finish and a time of 21:31.3
The Blue Devils
• The Cavaliers and Blue Devils will compete for the second time this season on the men’s side after racing at the Wolfpack Invite on Oct. 7
• Duke finished fourth at the meet with Jack Kovach leading the team with a time of 25:21.1
• The Blue Devils will also race Virginia Tech for the second time this season, after opening the year at the Virginia Tech Invitational
• Michaela Reinhart led the Duke women’s cross country team at that race with a sixth-place finish and a time of 21:03.4, while CJ Ambrosio paced the men’s team with a sixth-place finish and a time of 25:05.0