GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Saint Leo University men's cross country team started their weekend off with a sixteenth place finish at the University of Florida Mountain Dew Invitational. The Saturday morning finish signaled the Lions' third race of the season.
Crossing the tape first for the Lions was freshman Carl Dunne, who completed the 8K race in 24th place with a time of 26:04.07, breaking the previous school record by just under two seconds. The finish marks his third consecutive top-25 finish.
Also finishing among the top runners for Saint Leo was Senior Eric Dirth, who came in with a time of 28:23.95 and placed 108th overall, coming in just three minutes shy of his teammate, Dunne.
The Saint Leo talents of Steven Brown, Spencer Mathis, David Hill, Kevin Papac, Matthew Basin, Michael Walker, and Jeff Van Natter also finished the race strong as they crossed the tape within seconds of each other, just ahead of Division I Stetson University.
Despite the strong finish by the Saint Leo Lions, the University of Florida took home the team championship title as they finished the invitational meet with a total of 28 points. The Embry Riddle Eagles featured the top runner of the meet again, however, as senior Evans Kirwa crossed the finish line with a time of 24:14.53, signaling his second consecutive first place finish.
The Lions will compete in their next race on Saturday, September 29, when they host their only home meet of the season. The race, which will take place at the Saint Leo Abbey Golf Course across from University campus, is scheduled to begin at 8:15 a.m.
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