LEESBURG, Va. – On Saturday morning, the Saint Joseph's men's cross country squad was given its first opportunity to race the Oatlands Plantation course, the site of the upcoming 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship (Oct. 28). SJU would take full advantage of this opportunity as the Hawks, placing four in the top ten and five in the top 15, won the George Mason Invitational with 34 points in a field of eight squads. SJU defeated A-10 foes Duquesne (66 pts) and host-school George Mason (79 pts) for the victory.
The Hawks averaged a 7.993k time of 25:50, the only squad on the day to average under 26:00.
Graduate student Dan Savage led the Hawks with a second-place individual finish in a field of 87 racers. Paced by a 5:08.8 mile time, Savage crossed in 25:33.6, just 5.3 seconds behind Davidson's Dylan Carmack.
Sophomore Zach Michon (25:45.5) and seniors David Dorsey (25:50.1), and Collin Crilly (25:55.0) finished sixth, seventh, and eighth respectively, while sophomore Josh Clark (26:09.6) edged out George Mason's Grayson Morgan for the 11th-place slot to round out the scoring for the Crimson and Gray.
Saint Joseph's will take next weekend off from competition and will return to action on Saturday, October 14 at both the Princeton Invitational (9:45 a.m.) at Princeton University's West Windsor Fields in Princeton, N.J. and the Leopard Invitational (10:45 a.m.) at Lafayette College's Metzgar Fields in Easton, Pa.