UVA Cross Country Opens Season with Wins at Duals

The Virginia men’s and women’s cross country teams opened the 2014 season with competition Friday at the UVa Duals at Panorama Farms.

With wins over Florida State, Duke, Norfolk State and Liberty, the Cavalier's men's team recorded a perfect 4-0 mark.

The women beat JMU, Liberty and Norfolk State but fell to Duke and Florida State, finishing the day at 3-2.

The Cavaliers had three of the top four finishers on the men’s side, with Mike Marsella (Hope Valley, R.I.) winning the 4K race and Henry Wynne (Westport, Conn.) finishing second. Ed Schrom (Harrisburg, Pa.) was fourth overall, while Jack St. Marie (Westlake, Ohio) and Zach Herriott (Kansas City, Mo.) closed out the scoring five.

“We were happy to start out the season with a victory,” said men’s coach Pete Watson. “We ran our middle distance guys and sat out our top runners. It was an important for Mike to see that he can run on the grass. He is certainly getting stronger.”

Brooke Grice lead the women, finishing 14th overall.

“It was a good start to the season in terms of the training week and a controlled effort for many today,” said women’s coach Todd Morgan. “I am happy where the group is starting the season.”

Virginia returns to action on Sept. 26, hosting the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational.

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