Written by Chris Pendleton
FROSTBURG, Md.—The Southern Virginia University men's and women's cross country teams participated in the Capital Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship at the Maplehurst Country Club in Frostburg, Md., on Saturday with four different Knights—Patrick Gonzalez, Jacey Moore, Tori Faulkner and Leah Huber—earning All-Conference honors.
"We are really grateful to be included in today's CAC Championship meet," said second-year Head Coach Logan Davis. "Although we don't officially join the conference until July, it was thrilling to have our runners recognized today for competing at such a high level."
On the men's side, Gonzalez (Riverside, Calif.) became the first Southern Virginia scholar-athlete to earn CAC All-Conference honors as the sophomore finished 8th overall with an 8K time of 28:06.38—his second fasted 8K of the season—good enough for a spot on the All-Conference Second Team.
Moore, Faulkner and Huber were also named to the All-Conference Second Team on the women's side after finishing 10th, 12th and 13th respectively.
Moore led the way for the Knights for the second time this season as the freshman recorded the best 6K time (25:16.84) of her career at the Maplehurst Country Club, despite a difficult course setup with several steep climbs.
"I felt really good today," said Moore. "My legs were really fresh from this week's workouts and I felt really prepared and comfortable out there."
Faulkner (25:27.04) and Huber (25:27.56), who both earned All-American honors at last year's USCAA national championship meet, entered the chute 11 seconds behind Moore separated from one another by only five-tenths of a second.
"Today was a promising day for both our men's and women's programs," said Davis. "To have runners in the top ten on both the men's and women's side in only our first year of inclusion is a great indicator of our current talent level. We'll need to improve to compete with the top teams in the conference, but today was promising for sure."
Currently in its first year of provisional NCAA Division III membership, Southern Virginia was invited to participate in the 2012 CAC Cross Country Championship, however, the Knights cannot receive a team score at the conference championship until their third year of provisional membership in 2014-15. Although Southern Virginia was ineligible for a team score at Saturday's meet, individual Knights were recognized by the conference for their respective finishes.