CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s and women’s cross country teams will host the Virginia Invitational on Friday (Sept. 17) at Panorama Farms in Earlysville, Va. The Cavalier women will race in an 5k at 5:15 p.m. as the men’s 8k race follows at 6 p.m.
Fans can follow the action through live results with a link located on VirginiaSports.com. Updates throughout the race will also be available on the teams’ official Twitter account (@UVATFCC).
The Cavaliers will race against a field that includes East Carolina, High Point, Longwood, Marshall, Maryland (women only), Navy, Norfolk State and William and Mary.
The meet is one of two UVA will host at Panorama Farms this season. The XC23Invitational is set for Oct. 15. Between then, the Cavaliers will race at the Notre Dame Invitational on Oct. 1.
UVA Women’s Competitors
Margot Appleton, Sophie Atkinson, Mia Barnett, Veronic Boire, Claire Frazier Bolton, Caroline Bowe, Ellie Desmond, Lila Fenner, Luci Ilnicki-Lambert, Taylor Jones, Gabby Karas, Helena Lindsa and Liza Neely.
UVA Men’s Competitors
Rohann Asfaw, William Baginski, Kevin Carlson, Justin Diehl, Jack Eliason, Kellen Hasle, Jacob Hunter, Ali Ibrahim, Nick Karayianis, Ka’eo Kruse, Conor Murphy, Johnny Rogers, Yasin Sado, Davis Young and Wes Porter
Last Time Out
Virginia men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their 2021 campaigns with wins at Richmond’s Spider Alumni Open in Mechanicsville, Va. on Sept. 4. The UVA women’s five scoring runners placed among the top 10 finishers while the men’s team saw their top five finishers all place in the top seven of that race.
UVA was led by second-place finishes from senior Gabby Karas on the women’s side and graduate student Ka’eo Kruse for the men’s team. Karas ran the two-mile Pole Green Park circuit in 10:55.9 while Kruse was the runner-up in the men’s 5,000-meter event with a time of 14:49.0. It was the best finish for both runners in a collegiate cross country meet.
Virginia’s Helena Lindsay was the women’s team’s second finisher, running 11:02.4 to place fourth. She was followed in the results by Ellie Desmond (11:03.8) in fifth place. Taylor Jones secured eighth place (11:13.7) and the final scoring runner for the Cavaliers was Veronic Boire (11:18.7) in 10th position.
On the men’s side, Kruse was followed across the finish line by teammates Jack Eliason (14.49.9) and Jacob Hunter (14:50.9). Johnny Rogers placed sixth (14.52.8) followed by Conor Murphy (15:02.7) in seventh place to round out UVA’s scoring.