York, Pa. — The Southern Virginia University men's cross country team placed fourth at the Capital Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships Saturday afternoon with Mike Myers leading the Knights after winning the men's 8K race.
Myers made program history as the first to win an individual CAC title. Myers improved his time from last season by nearly 20 seconds with a winning time of 26:36.67, seven seconds ahead of second-place.
"Mike ran an amazing race," said head coach Kyle Chandler. "He was controlled and strategic about how to navigate the course. It was exciting watching him win the first individual men's XC title in program Division III history."
The senior from Medford, Oregon, moved up five positions after last season's sixth-place finish. His finish also is the second consecutive year he has earned All-CAC First Team honors.
"I'm so proud of how we as a team did today," said Myers. "The course was challenging, and our team stayed tough. I wanted to leave my last CAC Championship race, knowing that I gave my best effort. With two miles left, I decided to go and make my move to pull away. Finishing was surreal because of all of the hard work over the past four seasons. I am excited to be part of the program's history, and it would not be possible without my teammates and coaches who have been with me on my journey."
In his first season as a Knight, freshman Murray Bingham earned All-CAC First Team honors after finishing eighth and posting a time of 27:48.30. His finish is the highest freshman finish at the CAC Championships in program history.
Finishing third for the Knights and 22nd overall was Kazdyn Chandler with a time of 28:49.58.
"Murray and Kazdyn made a strong move the first mile," said Chandler. "Murray was able to maintain and earn All-CAC First team and is now tied for second place in program history for conference finishing place. Kazdyn is now sixth-best in program history, followed by Caden at ninth and Joseph tenth."
Following Chandler was Caden Eskelsen (42nd) and Joseph Morphonios (44th) to round out the top-five for Southern Virginia. Senior Kevin Shelley raced at the CAC Championships for the last time where he finished 51st overall.
Southern Virginia will now rest a week before they travel to Memphis, Tennessee, to compete in the NCAA Regional Championships Saturday, Nov. 16.