CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -
The Virginia men's and women's cross country teams dominated its season openers on Saturday morning at Panorama Farms with both teams winning its respective Lou Onesty Invitational titles. Senior Lauretta Dezubay won her second-consecutive crown to lead the women's squad to the title with 19 points, while junior All-American Emil Heineking ran away with the men's title and the squad captured the victory with 28 points.
Dezubay won her second-straight Lou Onesty title finishing the race in a personal-best time of 17:42.5, becoming the first back-to-back champion and second two-time winner, as former Cavalier All-American Emily Harrison won the title in 2005 and 2007. Following Dezubay across the line was senior Stephanie Garcia, finishing second in 18:15.3. Junior Laurel MacMillan finished fourth in 18:44.3 before a slew of Cavaliers came in at 8-9-10-11, led by senior Samantha Stafford who finished eighth in 19:19.5. Senior Ariane Sloan finished ninth in 19:25.0, sophomore Anna Corrigan was 10th with a time of 19:33.4 and sophomore Erin Klein wrapped up the Cavalier finishers, claiming 14th in 19:44.4
For the men, Heineking won the title by almost one minute, completing the course in 24:04.8 to break the meet record of 24:14.5 set by Josh McDougal (Liberty) in 2006. Heineking becomes the third-straight Cavalier, and fifth all-time, to win the individual title. Sean Keveren finished fourth for Virginia in 25:13.4, while junior Andrew Revelle took sixth in 25:22.4. Finishing in a pack of three and taking 10th-place was sophomore Sintayehu Taye, clocking in at 25:27.6. Junior Andrew Mearns finished 12th in 25:43.2 and junior Robbie Eckardt was 17th with a time of 26:23.9.
The women won the meet with a total of 19 points, while UNC-Greensboro finished runner up with 67 points, narrowly edging George Mason, which earned 68 points. Norfolk State finished fourth with 98 points.
On the men's side, the Cavaliers won with 28 points. Norfolk State finished second with 58 points and UNC-Greensboro rounded out the top-three with 65 points, narrowly defeating George Mason's 67 points.
The Cavaliers will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 3 when they head to Fairfax, Va., for the George Mason Invitational.