PRINCETON, N.J. - Graduate student Dan Savage placed 29th in a field of 205 racers to lead the Saint Joseph's men's cross country squad to a 12th-place team finish in a field of 21 teams at the Princeton Invitational 8k, held at Princeton University's West Windsor Fields on Saturday morning. The Hawks totaled 285 points and an average 8k time of 25:06.
Paced by a 4:58.3 mile time, Savage turned in a collegiate-best 8k time of 24:42.8, to take home the top 30 finish and the second-fastest performance by an Atlantic 10 runner on the day. Saturday's race was Savage's third of the season, and he has now finished as SJU's #1 runner in all three.
The sophomore pair of Zach Michon (24:55.1 PR) and Josh Clark (25:05.7 PR) crossed next for the Hawks, finishing in 48th and 56th, respectively. Michon recorded his first collegiate sub-25:00 8k time while Clark improved upon his previous 8k PR by just over seven seconds.
Saint Joseph's begins championship season in two weeks, when the Hawks head to the 2017 Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championship, to be held at the Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, Va. on Saturday, October 28. The five-mile race, in which the Hawks were predicted to finish fifth as a squad, is slated to begin at 10:00 a.m.