STAUNTON, Va.—Saturday marked the beginning of the 2014 campaign for both the men's and women's cross country teams of Southern Virginia University as both competed at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia.
The women went head to head with Mary Baldwin College, falling by a close 35-24 margin, while the men defeated ODAC member Hampden-Sydney with a perfect score of 15. Although both squads ran a 4k distance, the men will run 8Ks and the women 6Ks the remainder of the season.
"I'm very happy with where we are at on both sides considering we haven't hit the bulk of our training yet," said Southern Virginia head coach Logan Davis. "I was impressed with how well we competed, and I see the chance to make huge strides come late October and early November."
On the men's side, freshman Michael Myers arrived first in 13:18, followed by two-time USCAA All-American Patrick Gonzalez in 14:21.
Senior Kevin Prince (14:34), Jefferson Chandler (14:41), and Greyson Meyer (14:43) rounded up the scoring for the team. The Tigers posted a score of 45 points led by sophomore Grant Brown with a time of 14:57.
The women's race was captured by Southern Virginia freshman Rylee McKeon. On a course featuring mostly grass and rolling hills, McKeon won with an even time of 17 minutes. Sophomore and team captain Rebecca Lords followed in fourth place with a time of 18:36.
Rounding out the scoring for the Knights was Theresa Martin in seventh (19:36), returned missionary Elle Dryden in 11th (21:29), and freshman Makayla Ogden (26:21) in 15th place. Mary Baldwin edged out the victory with a combined score of 24 points to the Knights' 35.
The Knights compete next Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Seahawk Invitational hosted by CAC member St. Mary's College in St. Mary's City, Maryland.