LEESBURG, Va. - Led by senior captain Zach Michon, four veteran Hawks finished in the 3-6 spots to lead the Saint Joseph's men's cross country squad to the 2019 George Mason Invitational team title on Friday evening. The Hawks averaged 26:02 over 8k en route to a 35-point performance.
The meet was held at the Oatlands Plantation and was a trial run for the 2019 Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championship (Nov. 2), and Saint Joseph's took down runner-up Richmond (44 pts), George Mason (76 pts), George Washington (100 pts), Duquesne (139 pts), non-conference opponent American (142 pts), and VCU (169) for the win; Saint Joseph's was predicted to finish third at the A-10 meet this year behind Dayton and George Mason.
Michon (3rd, 25:52.6), fellow senior captain John Walker (4th, 25:57.3), junior Bobby Hastie (5th, 25:59.8), and junior Matthew Scarpill (6th, 26:01.7) put together a spread of just 9.10 seconds to scatter just 18 points across four of the Hawks' five total scorers.
"We wanted to get a preview of what is to come when the A-10 meet rolls around," said Michon in regard to racing at the Oatlands Plantation. "The course is extremely challenging, and it was exciting to see how well we handled it as a team this early. Our top four guys were all within a few seconds of each other, which shows a lot of promise for team scoring and working off one another during the race. It's nice to win a team title at this meet because there was a large A-10 presence, and it gives us an idea of where we are this early in the season."
Rookie Colin Kane rounded out the scoring for a stacked Crimson and Gray line-up with a 17th-place showing, clocking in at 26:23.0 in his first collegiate 8k. With his strong performance, Kane turned in the second-fastest finish by a freshman.
The Hawks are off from competition next weekend, but select Hawks will race the Delaware Invitational at White Clay Creek State Park in Newark, Del. on Saturday, September 28. Start time is set for 10:00 a.m.