Men’s Cross Country Finishes Eighth at USF Invitational

TAMPA, Fla. – The Saint Leo University men's cross country wrapped up their Friday night with an eighth place finish at the University of South Florida golf course during the USF Bulls Cross Country Invitational.

The Lions were led to the finish line by the talents of freshman Carl Dunne, who finished the 8K race in seventh place with an impressive time of 27:15.25. It marks his second consecutive top-10 finish.

Senior Eric Dirth also finished among the top runners of the 71-person race, coming in less than two minutes behind Dunne as he posted a time of 29:01.11, and finishing 37th overall.

Crossing the tape within seconds of each other, runners David Hill, Steven Brown, Jeff Van Natter, Spencer Mathis, and Matthew Basin wrapped up the Lions effort as they finished ahead of Division I Florida International. 

Despite the strong Saint Leo finish, Florida A&M University took home the team championship title as they finished the invitational with a total of 59 points. The Embry Riddle Eagles featured the top runner however, when senior Evans Kirwa crossed the finish line with a time of 25:45.07.

"Both teams continue to improve each week," said head coach Melissa Miller-Mangen. "Still, while we want our times to be faster, we need to understand that it's the team finish that matters."

The Lions will return to the course on Saturday, September 15, when they travel to Gainesville, Fla. to compete in the UF Invitational. The race is  scheduled to begin at 7:55 a.m.

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