Sept. 9, 2011
WASHINGTON - In its season opener, the Georgetown men's cross country team started strong as they won the team competition at the Lou Onesty Open today at the Panorama Farms course in Charlottesville, Va. The Hoyas handily took first place in the team competition with 20 points followed by the Cavaliers on their home course with 72 points. GU recorded a stellar performance with six of the top eight donning the blue and gray.
Graduate student Alex Lundy (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) was the first Hoya to cross the finish line as he completed the 8,000-meter course in 25:09.70, taking second place in the individual race. Lundy arrives on the Hilltop to complete his final year of eligibility after competing as an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, qualifying for the NCAA Cross Country Championships twice as an individual.
Following Lundy was GU veteran Andrew Springer (Westerly, R.I./Westerly), a 2011 NCAA qualifier (outdoor 1,500m) timing in at 25:22.10. TC Lumbar (Edina, Minn./Edina) followed suit taking fourth place (25:22.60) as he led freshman Omar Kaddurah (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) through the finish at 25:38.00, enough for fifth place.
A blip in the sea of blue and gray as an unattached competitor finished sixth followed by the duo of William Ahearn (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) and Derek Armstrong (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle) finished seventh (25:54.20) and eighth (26:02.10), respectively.
Tallying the top five scores, Georgetown totaled 20 points (2/3/4/5/6), besting the field by more than 50 points as the University of Virginia finished second with 72 points (11/12/13/14/22) followed by Norfolk State (73), Ohio Northern (110), Virginia Commonwealth (114), Radford (161) and Lynchburg (189).
The Hoyas return to competition on Saturday, September 17 at the Harry Groves Invitational in State College, Pa. That meet will serve as the season opener for the Georgetown women's cross country team, tabbed preseason No. 1 nationally by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).