Cross Country Teams Compete at George Mason
Courtesy: Jim Broom

FAIRFAX, Va. – Getting back into competition after three weeks of practice, the VMI cross country teams performed well at the George Mason Invitational Saturday morning in Fairfax, Virginia.

The men raced to a second-place finish with 62 points while the VMI women tied for third in their 6k race with 81 points. Men’s runner Davone Hernandez placed first in the men’s 8k race in 25:48 for his first collegiate individual win.

“Our ladies competed well with three athletes in the top 20 of the race,” said VMI head coach Dr. Drew Ludtke. “I was also happy to have three freshman in the top 5 of the race, running third, fourth and fifth for the team. We have worked very hard to stay healthy this fall, to train smart each day and this healthy process is starting to pay off for both teams.

“Anna Armfield led the team with her eighth place finish, coming from behind in around 20 place at the halfway mark. I was happy with Anna’s race and consistency.”

Armfield finished the 6k race in 23:54 ahead of Logan Luckett’s 16th place finish of 24:37. Sara Belamarich came in third for the Keydets in 19th place (24:58) and was trailed by teammates Emily Hattman (23rd, 25:51) and Savanna Shupe (32nd, 26:32).

Behind Hernandez in the men’s race, Gavin Jenkins placed 13th overall in 27:28 and was trailed by Justin Adams’ 16th place mark of 27:41. Carlos Fernandes (19th, 28:00) and Andre Jordan (21st, 28:05) also scored on the men’s team.

“We had a great pack of men who held back in the early stages of the race. They were able to run very strong on the last 3000 meters of the course, some of them moving up 20 to 30 places during this time period.

“I am very happy with both teams today. We have a good system in place to race well and a system where we learn to make changes each day to continue to improve. We’re all healthy, which has been the goal all along.”

Men’s Team Results

George Mason                 24

VMI                                       62

Mary Washington            81

Howard                                108

Longwood                           141

Norfolk State                     158

Hampton                             194


VMI Men’s Individual Results (8k)

Davone Hernandez         1st          25:48.6

Gavin Jenkins                     13th         27:28.1

Justin Adams                     16th         27:41.0

Carlos Fernandes             19th         28:00.0

Andre Jordan                     21st         28:05.4

Walt Kitson                         22nd        28:15.2

Ian Irizarry Negron          23rd         28:25.0

Zach Lauster                       28th         28:45.6

Kyle Sabourin                     32nd        28:59.0

Jake Mazziotta                  34th         29:06.9

Kellen Reeves                    35th         29:11.6

Dylan Haines                      37th         29:16.2

Jack Ryan                             40th         29:20.2

Ashton Ashley                   43rd         29:39.3

Jeremiah Gaulding           44th         29:42.7

Cole Viavettene                48th         30:13.0

Stephen Wolf                    49th         30:16.3

Samuel Estes                      52nd        31:15.3

Graham Ohleger               56th         31:41.9

Adam Waite                       58th         31:59.6

Aaron Kempf                     59th         32:03.8



Women’s Team Scores

George Mason                  25

Mary Washington            65

Norfolk State                     81

VMI                                       81

Hampton                             134

Longwood                           158


VMI Women’s Individual Results

Anna Armfield                   8th           23:54.8

Logan Luckett                    16th         24:37.1

Sara Belamarich                19th         24:58.1

Emily Hattman                  23rd         25:51.8

Savanna Shupe                 32nd        26:32.1

Kathleen Yates                  34th         26:50.7

Isabela Melendez            39th         27:09.2

Skylar Pierce                      47th         28:17.6

Olivia Smoot                      52nd        29:11.4

Brittany Szczepanik         54th         31:37.3