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Thursday, January 27, 2022


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Cross Country

Cross Country

Cross country teams set pace to reach goals

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.

Cross Country

Spider alum reports from cross country championships

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.

Cross Country

Llano finishes 176th at cross country nationals

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.

Cross Country

Llano running in NCAA championship on Monday

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.