The UVa-Wise men’s cross country team placed fifth at the 2016 Mountain East Conference Championship 8,000-meter race Saturday morning at the Bridgeport Recreation Complex in Bridgeport, West Virginia.
The Cavaliers had two runners place in the top 25 of the championship race as senior Shaquon Wilkins (Fredericksburg, Va.) finished 19th and fellow senior William Young (Fredericksburg, Va.) came in 25th.
Wilkins earned All-MEC Second Team honors with his 19th-place finish, running the 8K race in a time of 29:07. Young finished five places outside of all-conference honors after completing the course in 29:39. Sophomore William Law (Earlysville, Va.) was the third-fastest Cav in the race, placing 33rd with a time of 31:02, while sophomore Stephen Bath (Lovettsville, Va.) came in 38th (31:28).
Running his first MEC Championship race in a time of 35:16, freshman Tanner Redinger (Ewing, Va.) rounded out the scoring five UVa-Wise runners with a 51st-place finish. Senior Anthony Wallis (Strasburg, Va.) followed right behind Redinger in 52nd place with an 8K time of 35:39. Junior Antonio Kyle (Norton, Va.) was the final Cav to cross the finish line as he finished 59th (38:25).
Altogether, UVa-Wise averaged an 8K time of 31:19 as a team and held an overall score of 166.
Concord University won its second-straight MEC Championship with a team average of 28:00 and score of 32, while West Virginia Wesleyan averaged 28:14 and posted a 38 team score for second place. The University of Charleston took home third place with a team score of 57 and averaged a time of 28:40.
The Mountain Lions’ Jason Weitzel captured the individual title with a time of 27:18 and teammate Justin Snyder took second place in 27:24. The Bobcats’ Matt Dearth ran the 8K course in 27:27 to finish third.
The Cavs will now decide if they will compete at the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championship meet held in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, in two weeks on Saturday, Nov. 5.