By Wesley Evans
ROANOKE, Va.—Southern Virginia University cross country competed in the Maroon Invitational last Saturday in Roanoke, Va., with the men's team finishing third out of six teams, while the women's team placed second out of three teams.
Men's Race (8k)
The Knights had three members of the men's team finish in the top 10 led by junior captain Patrick Gonzalez, who finished third overall with a time of 29:22. Freshman Michael Ward trailed Gonzalez by only two spots as he came through the chute in fifth place with a finishing time of 29:50. Kevin Prince also placed in the top 10 as he completed the race in 30:08 for seventh place in a field of 47 runners.
Aaron Barraclough was the fourth Knight to cross the finish line with a time of 37:01 as he placed 35th overall. Senior Dan Fotheringham continued to show improvement as he increased his 8k time once again this week. He ran a season-best 38:53 and was the final Southern Virginia runner to finish the meet.
Roanoke College took home the team victory with 24 points. Hampden-Sydney followed with a second place finish at 62 points, narrowly edging the Knights by eight points. Southern Virginia's third-place finish is the best of the 2013 season thus far.
Women's Race (5k)
The Southern Virginia University women's cross country team finished only behind host school Roanoke College, but had a team score of 49 to beat Ferrum College.
Senior captain Kera Macfarlane-Neilson led the way for the women as she placed sixth overall in the 5k event with a finishing time of 22:29. Freshman Rebecca Lords was right behind Neilson as she crossed the finish line in 22:56, roughly 30 seconds better than her previous 5k time.
Placing 13th overall, Katelyn Tonini was the third Knight to finish the race as she came in at the 27:33 mark. Hayden Larman and Stephanie Peabody completed Southern Virginia's lineup with finishing times of 29:51 and 38:07, respectively.
"We had a strong showing Saturday," said Southern Virginia head coach Logan Davis. "Everyone continues to progress and work hard. I couldn't ask for anything else. The next two weeks are bye weeks, so we will be able to focus on refining some skills."
The Knights have two weeks off before they return to action on Saturday, Oct.12, at the Christopher Newport University Invitational. Southern Virginia will look for a solid showing against CNU, a fellow Capital Athletic Conference member.
3 Patrick Gonzalez 29:22
5 Michael Ward 29:50
7 Kevin Prince 30:08
35 Aaron Barraclough 37:01
42 Dan Fotheringham 38:53
6 Kera Macfarlane-Neilson 22:29
7 Rebecca Lords 22:56
13 Katelyn Tonini 27:33
16 Hayden Larman 29:51
21 Stephanie Peabody 38:07