Three Top-10 Finishes Lead Men to Third at Cardinal Classic

Three Top-10 Finishes Lead Men to Third at Cardinal Classic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With 66 points, the Catholic University men's cross country team finished third at the Cardinal Classic, its first home meet since 2013.

Mary Washington finished first with 51 points while Landmark Conference rival Juniata came in second with 64 points, just two ahead of the Cardinals. Landmark foe Moravian finished fourth (75 points) while Goucher was seventh (205 points).

"The men did really well today," said Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Steve Rahn. "For the freshmen, this was their first time running an 8k and they responded well. We saw great performances and teamwork throughout the race. It was an early test with a few tough conference and regional opponents and the men responded well on our home course."

Catholic ended the day with three top-10 finishers. Freshman Paul Ames placed fourth with a time of 27:36.6 while freshman John O'Rourke followed closely behind in fifth (27:54.7). Senior Cosmo Pirozzi was the 10th runner to cross the finish line in 28:41.2.

"It was also great to see many alumni come back to support the program and watch them run in the Jerry McGee Alumni Mile," added Rahn. "I hope to see them all again at the conference championships."

The Cardinals will host the 2019 Landmark Conference Cross Country Championships on this same course on Nov. 2.

Catholic returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 28 in Winchester, Virginia at the Hornet Harrier Invitational hosted by Shenandoah University.