LEESBURG, Va. – Led by graduate student Dan Savage's seventh-place finish, the Hawks put four in the top 20 to earn a second-place team finish in a field of 14 squads at the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship, hosted by George Mason University at the Oatlands Plantation on Saturday morning. Saint Joseph's averaged an 8k time of 25:52.04 and earned 84 points. Dayton won the meet with 66 points, while George Washington took third with 95 points.
The Hawks have now finished as one of the top-three teams in the Atlantic 10 seven times in the last nine years, which includes a pair of first-place finishes (2009, 2015), a trio of second-place finishes (2012, 2013, 2017), and a pair of third-place finishes (2011, 2014).
With their top-15 finishes, Savage and sophomore Zach Michon (15th) earned A-10 All-Conference honors.
Paced by a 5:07.5 mile, Savage crossed the finish line of his final A-10 cross country meet in 25:28.6, edging out Duquesne's Rico Galassi for the seven spot in a field of 117 racers.
In his first trip to the A-10 cross country meet, Michon clocked in at 25:47.8 for 15th overall, while senior Collin Crilly (25:55.9) and junior Shawn Hutchison (25:58.6) finished 18th and 20th, respectively.
Senior David Dorsey crossed in 26:09.3 as his 24th-place finish rounded out the scoring for the Crimson and Gray.
The Hawks return to action at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship on Friday, November 10. The 10k race is slated to begin at 11:45 a.m. on Lehigh University's Goodman Campus in Bethlehem, Pa.