WINCHESTER, Va. - Led by freshman John O'Rourke, the Catholic University men's cross country team turned in an impressive showing on Saturday as the Cardinals finished second out of 20 teams at the Hornet Harrier Invitational hosted by Shenandoah University at Kernstown Battlefield.
Catholic finished three spots ahead of Washington and Lee who is ranked third in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) South/Southeast Region and 12 places in front of Christopher Newport who is ranked at No. 10 in the region.
"This was the first time we raced all of our men this year and it turned out really well placing second against tough regional opponents," said Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Steve Rahn. "Our top runner, JJ O'Rourke, placed 10th overall and our men had the best spread (57 seconds) between our 1st to 5th runners. This was a boost to the team confidence that we hope to continue through the remainder of the season."
O'Rourke posted his third top-10 finish this season as he completed the 6K course in a time of 19:53.7 to place 10th. He was one of only 10 runners out of 193 to break the 20-minute mark.
Freshman Paul Ames crossed the line right behind in 11th with a time of 20:04.0 while senior Cosmo Pirozzi came in 28th at 20:26.90. Freshman Zach Tentor finished 28th while freshman Brian Reinhart was the fifth Cardinal to place inthe top-50 as he crossed the line in 38th.
Catholic heads to Bethlehem, Pa., next Saturday, Oct. 5 for the prestigious Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh University.