The Virginia women’s cross country team finished 18th this past Saturday at the Pre-National Invitational, finishing with an overall score of 540. The No. 22 Cavaliers were led by sophomore Emily Mulhern, who finished 69th overall with a 6K time of 21:09.6. Competing in a field of 42 teams, Virginia fell to multiple lower ranked teams, including unranked Eastern Kentucky, who finished six points ahead. No. 2 Colorado took the win with an overall score of 93. Behind Mulhern, the next Virginia runner to cross the line was junior Megan Rebholz, who finished with a time of 21:23.9 to place 97th overall. Graduate students Sarah Astin and Beth Hawling, along with freshman Emma Call, came in 106th, 107th and 161st, respectively, to make up the scoring five. The Cavaliers’ five scoring runners remained the same from their most recent meet, the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational. There, the team placed fourth, with Mulhern again leading the team. Virginia looks to bounce back in its next race, on Oct. 28, where they will attempt to defend their ACC championship title in North Carolina. The task will be difficult, given the loss of top runners Cleo Boyd and Iona Lake, who both finished in the top-11 at last year’s ACC championship. Virginia faces several tough challengers this season, including No. 3 NC State, No. 20 Syracuse and No. 28 Notre Dame.