RICHMOND, Va. – Mix together a dash of rain, a steady flow of cold weather, a little bit of wind and a long course and it's not exactly what would be called ideal running conditions.
None of those slowed down senior Piotr Dybas (Jaslo, Poland), however, as he blistered the tough Tribe Open eight-kilometer course for a time of 26:31.55.
"Piotr had a good day for us, especially with the conditions the way they were," Head Coach Julian Spooner said. "We really wanted to use today as preparation for the conference meet in a couple weeks and I think we did just that."
Dybas finished second overall, but was the top collegiate finisher behind only Tom Burke, an unattached runner from William & Mary.
The underclassmen duo of Brenden Leavitt (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Tyler Simmons (Manassas, Va.) finished 14th and 15th respectively, posting times of 27:46.74 and 27:56.11.
Freshman Justin Kendall (Richmond, Va.) continued his strong freshman campaign with a top-25 finish, crossing the finish line in 28:40.37.
Former VCU standout Jay Wyss ran a strong race as well, finishing eighth overall.
The Rams are back in action in two weeks when they travel to the CAA Championships in Harrisonburg, Va.