CENTREVILLE, Va. -
Led by fourth-year Lauretta Dezubay’s second-consecutive individual title and second-year Emil Heineking’s first-ever collegiate victory, Virginia’s men’s and women’s cross country teams swept the George Mason Invitational on Saturday morning at Bull Run Park. The race marks the second of the season for Virginia and the second sweep of competition under first-year head coach Jason Vigilante this year.
The Cavalier men, ranked 12th nationally, tallied 19 points with a total time of 2:04:20 to lead 16 teams and finish ahead of runner-up Columbia, which collected 50 points and a total time of 2:05:31.00. The women also edged Columbia, earning 30 points on a total time of 1:49:34.00 to lead 16 teams. The Lions collected 41 points and a time of 1:50:25.00 for second.
Heineking (Chardon, Ohio) led a trio of young Cavaliers who took the top three individual positions within eight seconds of each other. Heineking won the race in 24:40, while first-year runner Ryan Collins (Mansfield, Mass.) crossed in 24:46 and second-year Graham Tribble (Columbia, S.C.) finished third in 24:48.
Second-year Trey Miller (Winston-Salem, N.C.), the Lou Onesty Invitational individual champion, battled third-year Andrew Jesien (Bethesda, Md.) and fourth-year Andy Biladeau (Lutz, Fla.) for sixth, finishing with a time of 25:02. Jesien was clocked at 25:04 and Biladeau took eighth in 24:05.
Overall, the men took five of the top seven times in the 8K race, with an average time of 24:52.00. Columbia finished second and Maryland took third with 85 points. George Mason collected 121 points to finish fourth and UNC-Greensboro rounded out the top-five with 178 points.
Dezubay (Bethlehem, Pa.) led a young women’s side to victory, taking the top spot in 21:29. First-year Morgane Gay (Bethesda, Md.), running in her first race for Virginia, finished second in 21:37 and second-year Stephanie Garcia (South Riding, Va.) took fourth in 21:55.
First-year Lyndsay Harper (Albuquerque, N.M.) finished ninth in 22:11, while third-years Susan Brooks (Burke, Va.) and Sara Casscells (Wilmington, Del.) took 14th and 16th, respectively. Brooks crossed in 22:22 and Casscells had a time of 22:24.
The women claimed three of the top four finishes and five of the top 14 spots with an average 6K time of 21:54.80. Columbia came in second and was followed by Maryland’s 92 points. Northeastern took fourth with 127 points and UNC-Wilmington was fifth, with 178 points.
Among Virginia’s 17 competitors in the two races, the Cavaliers featured five first-years and seven second-years.
Virginia’s next scheduled competition is the Pre-NCAA Meet on Saturday, Oct. 18 in Terre Haute, Ind.