October 19, 2013

ADAM, RAMS LOOK STRONG IN SECOND-PLACING SHOWING AT CNU INVITE

Event: Christopher Newport University XC Invitational
Course: Lee Hall Mansion – Newport News, Va.
Distance: 8-kilometer

The Short Story: In its final race before the conference meet, the VCU men's cross country squad looked confident and ready. Overall, the Rams finished second at the CNU XC Invitational, just three points behind perennial cross country power, William & Mary. Junior Mohamed Adam posted his second victory of the fall, blistering the course to the tune of 25:35.7, nearly 10 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. Classmate Khalid Khamis posted a personal record en route to a third-place finish, clocking in at 25:55.5. Fellow junior Samuel Hush rounded out three Rams in the top-five with a time of 26:03.1.

In addition to the main race, CNU held a non-scored three-kilometer race for middle distance runners. Senor Corey Scott (fifth) and freshman Calvin Wood (eighth) both placed in the top-10 of that event.

Results:
Mohamed Adam – 1st overall – 25:35.7
Khalid Khamis – 3rd overall – 25:55.5 (PR)
Sam Hush – 5th overall – 26:03.1
Zachary Morrow – 13th overall – 26:36.3
Benjamin Sorensen – 14th overall – 26:41.2 (PR)
Austin Lushinski – 20th overall – 27:07.2 (PR)
Matthew Earman – 21st overall – 27:07.7 (PR)

Quotable:
"Both the men and women raced with determination and confidence today. It was a good step toward preparing for our conference meet. They're all really excited and prepared for the conference championships in two weeks." - Director of Cross Country Nicole Cook
 
Up Next:
The VCU men's cross country squad will lace it up at the first Atlantic 10 Championship of the fall. Runners will toe the line at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville, Va. at 10 a.m.
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