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Cross-country team excels in NCAA championships

Team has best performance since 2008; two graduate students capture All-American honors

The University of Virginia cross country men's and women's team competed in the UVa/Panorama Farms invitational cross country race held Saturday September 22, 2012 in Charlottesville, VA. . Photo/Andrew Shurtleff
The University of Virginia cross country men's and women's team competed in the UVa/Panorama Farms invitational cross country race held Saturday September 22, 2012 in Charlottesville, VA. . Photo/Andrew Shurtleff

The Virginia cross-country team Saturday posted its best NCAA championships performance since 2008. The men’s team finished 14th and graduate students Zach Gates and Catherine White earned All-American honors.

Gates ended his cross-country career with a 22nd-place finish, the team’s top effort. Graduate student Mark Amirault finished next for the Cavaliers, placing 72nd overall. Redshirt freshman Kyle King, junior Thomas Porter and sophomore Jack St. Marie rounded out the scoring five.

The team tallied 382 points, 310 behind champion Oklahoma State.

White placed 33rd overall, running the six-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 11 seconds.. She missed the podium by only eight places.

Saturday’s meet marks the end of a successful season. White battled injuries to compete for the first time since 2009, and the men’s team fought past its own injuries en route to being ACC runner-ups and Southeast Region champions.

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