By Wesley Evans
GETTYSBURG, Pa.—In the largest field of competition so far this season featuring 26 teams, the Southern Virginia University cross country teams competed in the Gettysburg Invitational in Gettysburg, Pa. last Saturday with strong performances on both the men's and women's sides.
Men's Race (8k)
The Knights faced a deep field of competition and performed well, finishing 15th overall. Several Capital Athletic Conference foes were featured in Saturday's race including Salisbury University, Frostburg State, PSU-Harrisburg, Wesley College and Marymount. The men placed behind Salisbury and Frostburg State, but were able to edge out the other three CAC opponents.
Junior captain Patrick Gonzalez continued his strong campaign and was the first Southern Virginia runner to cross the finish line with a season-best time of 27:02.7, good enough for 33rd overall out of 281 runners. Freshman Michael Ward came in only 10 seconds later in 38th place as he ran a personal-best time of 27:12.8.
Kevin Prince also ran a personal best as he came through the chute with an excellent time of 27:54.8. Freshman Aaron Barraclough crossed the line next, showing his personal-best time of 32:35.3, while senior Dan Fotheringham was the last Knight to finish, doing so with a season-best time of 33:56.3.
"The men looked very good today as they continue to drop their times," said Southern Virginia head coach Logan Davis. "They are on track to have a great race in two weeks at the Capital Athletic Conference Championships."
Dickinson College won the 26-team meet with a score of 86, barely edging out Division II school Lock Haven which had 87 points.
Women's Race (6k)
The Southern Virginia University women's cross country team ran three participants in the women's race with freshman Rebecca Lords leading the way for the Knights.
Lords finished the race with a personal-best 6k time of 26:17.6, while Katelyn Tonini followed closely in 31:14.9. Freshman Hayden Larman rounded out the women's squad as she finished with a time of 35:19.9.
On the women's side, Dickinson College again ran away with the overall team victory with a score of 32.
Cross country has a week off before competing at the Capital Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday, Nov. 2 hosted by Salisbury University (Md.).
33rd Patrick Gonzalez 27:02.7
38th Michael Ward 27:12.8
77th Kevin Prince 27:54.8
240th Aaron Barraclough 32:35.3
255th Dan Fotheringham 33:56.3
114th Rebecca Lords 26:17.6
245th Katelyn Tonini 31:14.9
264th Hayden Larman 35:19.9