Men's Cross Country Collects Fourth-Place Finish at Home Meet

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's cross country team placed fifth in the team's first home meet since the 2007 season. Competing at the Abbey Golf Course, the Lions finished with 109 points, while freshman Carl Dunne earned team top honors as he finished fifth out of 45 runners.

Dunne wrapped-up the 8K course with a time of 26.35.70, good enough for the fifth-fastest time in program history. He has concluded each of the Lions four races as the team's top finisher, and has posted back-to-back sub-27 minute races.

Despite Dunne's great effort, it was Phil Duncan and the University of Florida that took home both the individual and team championships. Duncan crossed the tape at a time of 26:00.40, while the Gators finished six points ahead of Florida Tech with 34.

In addition to Dunne, senior Eric Dirth concluded his last home meet ever just four seconds shy of a personal best as he broke the tape at 28:20.00 and in 17th-place.

From there, a group of six consecutive Lions finished the run as freshman Steven Brown led the charge with a 30th-place finish at a time of 29:29.40. Meanwhile,  Jeff Van Natter bookended the grouping with a closing time of 30:57.80.

In between, the freshman trio of Spencer Mathis, David Hill, and Michael Walker ran tactical races, while Kevin Papac completed his run just outside the 30-minute mark.

Matthew Basin put the finishing touches on the morning as he crossed the tape at 31:55.00

The Lions will return to action on Friday, October 5, when they travel to Tallahassee, Fla. to compete in the Florida State Invitational. Race time is set for 6:45 p.m.

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