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AJ Ernst

Cross Country/Middle Distance
Position
Senior
Class
Marblehead, Mass.
Hometown
Marblehead
High School

USTFCCCA All-Southeast Region
2019
2018

All-ACC
2020 Indoor: Mile
2019: Cross Country

TFRRS Profile (for PRs and full results)

2020 Outdoor 
• Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
• Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll

2019-20 Indoor 
• ACC runner-up in the mile, earning All-ACC honors in the event
• Ran a time of 4:02.39 at the ACC Championships
• Ran a sub-four-minute mile at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational
• Captured a career-best time of 3:59.38, third-fastest time in program history
• Competed with the 4x400m relay at the ACC Championships
• Won the mile at the Navy Invitational
• Finished first in the DMR at the Virginia Tech Invitational

2019 Cross Country
• Earned USTFCCCA All-Southeast Region honors
• Named to the All-ACC team
• Placed 11th at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships, leading the Cavaliers at the meet
• Finished 20th at the conference championships and was the second UVA runner to finish the race
• Was the fourth UVA runner to cross the finish line at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, recording a 10k time of 30:17.8
• Finished in the top 20 at four races
• Led Virginia at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational

2019 Outdoor 
• Competed at the Raleigh Relays in the 5000m
• Recognized on the ACC Academic Honor

2019 Indoor 
• Finished fourth at the Dr. Sander Columbia Challenge in the 3000m
• Captured the 10th-best 3000m time in school history at the Dr. Sander Columbia Challenge
• Placed 15th in the mile at the Iowa State Classic

2018 Cross Country
• Earned All-Southeast Region honors, finishing 13th which was the second-fastest time for the Cavaliers at the meet
• Ran a time of 30:21.2 at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships
• Finished 35th at the ACC Championships and finishing as the team’s fourth runner at the meet
• Captured a top-10 finish at the Penn State National Open, placing eighth overall
• Named to the All-ACC Academic Team

2018 Outdoor
• Did not compete
• Named to the ACC Honor Roll

2018 Indoor
• Placed 36th in the mile at the ACC Championships
• Finished first at the Liberty Kickoff in the 3000m run, recording a career-best time of 8:22.46

2017 Cross Country
• Did not compete

2017 Outdoor
• Finished 21st in the 1500m at the ACC Championships
• Recorded a season best at the Virginia Grand Prix in the 1500m (3:50.88)

2017 Indoor
• Placed 23rd in the mile at the ACC Championships
• Finished ninth with the distance medley relay at the ACC Championships
• Placed second at the Liberty Elite Invitational in the 800m
• Recorded a PR in the 800m at the Liberty Elite Invitational

2016 Cross Country
• Placed 83rd at ACC Championships
• Finished 224th at NCAA Southeast Regional Championships

Personal
• Massachusetts state champion – outdoor mile
• Boston Globe All-Scholastic cross country team
• 2014 Salem Evening News Runner of the Year

Background
• Son of Ellen and Andy Ernst
• Has a younger sister, Emily