Men’s XC Struggles, Finishes 11th at Panorama Farms Invitational

Jaylen Amaker , Contributing Writer

The Bison entered the Panorama Farms Invitational on Sept. 26 coming off a strong third-place finish at the Dickinson College Long/Short Invitational, but they were unable to achieve the same success this time around. The Bison showed their depth from top to bottom, but finished in 11th place.

Some of the best teams in the country ran in the 12-team field. All teams participating at the invitational were ranked in their own regions while a few were ranked nationally.

“We knew we would really have to bring it this weekend, unfortunately we did not have the overall team performance we hoped for,” John Dugan ’15 said.

Out of the 110 total runners, the Orange and Blue were led by Dugan, who finished 38th in 25:07. Andrew Garcia-Garrison ’15 (25:27) and Michael McGowan ’15 (25:42) finished 53rd and 57th, respectively.

“Overall it wasn’t the result we were looking for, but we cannot dwell on our performance this weekend … It was a really off day, but if you compare this year’s team to last year’s team, an off day this year would beat a good day last year,” Garcia-Garrison said.

No. 13 Virginia clinched the team title with 47 points, Furman finished in second with 51 points and No. 12 Iona’s 54 points ranked them third. The Bison closed out the meet with 282 points, and managed to finish ahead of Clemson.

“We are a good, talented team and we just need to get back to winning form. Our goal is to win the league and that is our focus from this day forward,” Garcia-Garrison said.

The Bison will return to racing on Oct. 4 when they travel to Bethlehem, Pa. to compete in Lehigh’s Paul Short Invitational.

 

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