TORNADO, W.Va. – The UVa-Wise men’s cross country team placed second for the second week in a row at the Golden Eagle Invitational Saturday morning.
Saturday’s course was challenging with varying terrain and long inclines as well as hills. The men challenged a deep Charleston team at the head of a six team field.
Charleston achieved six finishers in the top ten compared to four from UVa-Wise, giving Charleston the edge in points. Junior Anthony Wallis observed that this matchup with one of the UVa-Wise’s main opponents taught the Cavaliers what they need to do at the conference championship.
Senior Shaquon Wilkins led the team with a third-place (27:35) finish by surging back after sinking to sixth in the middle miles. He was closely followed by junior William Young in fourth place (27:59).
Wallis held off a late challenge by two Charleston runners to grab sixth place (28:23). Meanwhile, freshman William Law continued his stellar inaugural season with a solid ninth place effort (28:46).
Freshman Stephen Bath also ran a strong race to round out the scoring five in 13th place (30:52).
Of the race, Young said, “It takes heart to push through these meets after the hard workouts during the week. It will pay off once Conference comes around. That’s when it will be time to go to work.”
Next weekend both the men’s and women’s cross country teams will travel to Greensboro, North Carolina, for the Hagan Stone Classic on Saturday.
From the UVa-Wise Sports Information Office