Cross Country Faces Tough Competition in Newport News

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Mason Watkins’15, Sports Editor

         Following their astonishing 2nd place finish in the Maroon Invitational on September 21, the Hampden-Sydney cross country team hosted the annual Family Weekend 5k/1k and competed in the Christopher Newport Invitational, where they came in 10th place out of the 11 teams.

The Christopher Newport Invitational, which occurred on October 19th, had the Tigers traveling two and a half hours to Newport News, VA. In all, eleven Division III schools competed in the meet, including: Washington & Lee, John Hopkins, York, and Randolph.

The results, while unsatisfactory for the Tigers, allowed many runners to make their mark on the team. Senior Andrew Stoddard, who has been the staple runner for the team over the past four years, was not able to complete the race due to an injury he acquired mid-race. Freshman Grant Brown stepped up to the plate for the third time this season by taking the lead for the team, finishing the eight-kilometer race with a time of 28:36 to place 68th overall. Brown scored first for the Tigers, followed by sophomore Will Imeson’s 91st place finish with a time of 30:23. Freshman Andrew Madison crossed the finish line at 31:20 and sophomore David Hart finished the race in 32:07, good for 98th and 102nd overall respectively. Rounding out the top five scoring for the Tigers was senior Drew Fletcher, who ran a 33:06 to come in at 107th.

Overall, John Hopkins stole the show, winning with their cumulative score of 17 points. Senior Max Robinson crossed the finish line with an excellent time of 25:00, coming in at first place overall for the Blue Jays. 69 points behind first was York College, followed by hosts Christopher Newport, who scored 92 points to take third.

The cross country team’s next meet will be the ODAC Championship at 11am on Saturday, November 2, which will be held on the Tigers’ home course at The Manor Golf Club.

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