Oct. 14, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's cross country team split sites this weekend, sending a contingent to Madison, Wis., for the Wisconsin adidas Invitational while a group of runners stayed closer to home traveling to Charlottesville, Va., for the Panorama Farms Invitational. The men finished 24th of 39 teams with 609 points in the Badger State while GU placed sixth of 10 teams with 147 points at UVA.
At the adidas Invitational, Mark Dennin (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyerstown) led the way for the Hoyas as he finished 41st overall, timing in at 24:25. Graduate transfer Alex Lundy (Littleton, Colo./Heritage/Maryland) was the second for the Blue & Gray to cross the finish (24:32) in 53rd place overall. T.C. Lumbar (Edina, Minn./Edina), Andrew Springer (Westerly, R.I./Westerly) and Ben Furcht (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) were the final trio to record points for the Hoyas, all timing in during the 26th minute of the race with times of 25:10, 25:21 and 25:27, respectively.
The loaded field at the adidas Invitational featured 19 ranked teams and three teams receiving votes in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll including the event's host and meet champion, No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers. Of the six BIG EAST Conference teams competing, the Hoyas finished fifth.
Back on the east coast, a slew of Hoyas went to familiar territory as they traveled to Charlottesville, Va., site of GU's first men's cross country meet of the year, and finished sixth in the10-team field.
The first Hoya finisher, Derek Armstrong, was in friendly confines as he returned to Charlottesville, his hometown, and put up a time of 25:28.78 to lead the Blue & Gray. Brian King was the second GU finisher as he timed in at 25:34.99. Within 11 seconds of one another, Bobby Peavey (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam), Max Darrah (South Yarmouth, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) and Miles Schoedler (Ocean View, N.J./Ocean City) finished 36th (25:51.62), 38th (25:55.99) and 40th (26:01.74), respectively.
The women's cross country team will compete this Sunday, October 16 at the Indiana State Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., where the Hoyas will get to preview the course where the NCAA Championships will be held. The men will next compete at the BIG EAST Championships at the E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.