Cross country advances to NCAA Championships

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Junior Cleo Boyd's 20 minute 51 second performance was good for seventh place at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship.

Marshall Bronfin | Cavalier Daily

The Virginia women’s and men’s cross country teams raced to first and second place, respectively, Friday afternoon at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship, advancing to next weekend’s national championships.

The No. 6 Cavalier women dusted second-place NC State by 21 points to back up an ACC title with the program’s fifth regional championship, while the No. 12 Virginia men trailed only Louisville, a program that surpassed expectations in outperforming four top-30 teams.

The Virginia women produced a true team win, rising to the top at Earlysville’s Panorama Farms, the Cavaliers’ home venue, with five top-15 individual finishers. Coach Bryan Fetzer’s team put up 53 points at the meet, with the No. 8 Wolfpack totaling 74 and No. 28 North Carolina an even 100.

Only junior Cleo Boyd — who took seventh place in 20 minutes 51 seconds — placed in the top 10 for Virginia. Graduate student Sarah Astin, freshman Emily Mulhern and sophomore Megan Rebholz claimed 11th, 12th and 13th place, and graduate student Iona Lake followed in 15th. All five runners received All-Southeast Region recognition.

The Cavalier men, meanwhile, outraced No. 26 East Carolina, No. 13 Furman and No. 10 NC State — who finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively — in qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the fourth consecutive season. Junior Henry Wynne paced Virginia, taking 12th place in 29 minutes 46 seconds.

Sophomore Chase Weaverling, junior Zach Herriott and junior Thomas Madden came in 14th, 17th and 25th place to pick up all-region honors alongside Wynne. Junior Adam Visokay completed Virginia’s scoring five, finishing in 28th place.

Virginia will compete at the NCAA Championships Saturday at Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

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