Both the men's and women's University of Richmond's cross country teams were picked to finish third in the Atlantic 10 this season in the preseason polls, but the coaches and runners are aiming for better. The men's coach, Steve Taylor, said the men wanted to win the conference championship this year and that the possibility of getting to the national championships was within grasp. The women's coach, Lori Taylor, said the women wanted to win their conference championships and place in the top five at the regional championships just to qualify for the national championships. As for the preseason predictions, senior Andrew Benford, one of the captains of the men's team, said the team did not take the predictions too seriously, but that it was good motivation to fire it up in training. Jenn Ennis, a fifth-year senior on the women's team, said the predictions were not something that bothered the team. "We are confident in how we're going to race this season and so, if anything, we're the underdogs," Ennis said. For both teams, it is about improving from last season.
ST. LOUIS -- Saturday was the fourth time I huddled with my team in the middle of an open field, yards from the starting line and moments before the race for the Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championship title. I had come to this meet twice as a competitor, and last year I cheered and photographed from the sidelines while I was recovering from a foot injury.
Whether in the mountains of Italy or in the backyard of Richmond, Va., the men's and women's cross country teams are back in action for the 2009 season. Senior Andrew Benford finished 13th in the World Mountain Running Championships in Italy on Sept.
Two University of Richmond cross country runners will be wearing a slightly different pattern of red, white and blue than they do for the Spiders, when they participate in the World Mountain Running Championship on Sept.
University of Richmond freshman Katie Spratford has taken down most of the junior cross country runners in the United States, and now she may be able to put her athletic prowess to the test against the rest of the world. Spratford finished 14th in the 6-kilometer race in 22 minutes, 13 seconds at the U.S.
During the most important race of his life, junior Matt Llano had some bad luck physically and faced adverse weather conditions, resulting in a 176th place finish out of a field of 252 at the NCAA National Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Monday. Llano was the first runner from Richmond to qualify for nationals in 29 years.
The University of Richmond men's cross-country team will send a runner to the NCAA National Championship for the first time in 29 years. Junior Matt Llano finished seventh in the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship with a time of 30:28.5 in the 10-kilometer race at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, N.C., Saturday.
The University of Richmond men's cross country team will send a runner to the NCAA National Championship for the first time in 29 years. Junior Matt Llano finished seventh at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship with a time of 30 minutes, 28.5 seconds in the 10-kilometer race held at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, N.C., on Saturday.
The University of Richmond's women's cross-country team won the Atlantic 10 Championship, and the men's team took third Saturday in Charlotte, N.C. The women's team, led by sophomore Nicol Traynor, finished the race with four of its five scoring runners in the top 11 spots.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The University of Richmond men's and women's cross country teams competed in the Penn State National Cross Country Invitational Friday.
The University of Richmond cross country team beat every conference and regional team at the Lehigh Paul Short Invitational Oct.
University of Richmond junior Matt Llano placed first out of 117 runners during the Navy Salty Dog Invitational Saturday in Annapolis, Md., beating his closest competitor by almost 13 seconds. Llano finished the 8-kilometer race in 24 minutes, 38.30 seconds.
The men and women's cross country teams will head to Annapolis, Md. this weekend to compete in the Navy Salty Dog Invitational on Saturday. The Spiders have competed in this meet the past two years, and go into the event after having won the seventh Spider Alumni Open Aug.
Junior Andrew Benford broke the Spider Alumni Meet record with a time of 15:03.2 in his Aug.
It's that time of year again: Registration for the Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10K is now open, and University of Richmond students have begun signing up in droves. The Monument 10k, which will be taking place this year on April 5, is the United States' fourth-largest 10k.