In fewer than 35 days, the NCAA Cross Country Championships will be held at the LaVern Gibson Championship course in Terre Haute, Ind.
In order to gain every advantage possible, the men of the UNC cross country team traveled to the same cross country course to compete in the Indiana State University Pre-Nationals Invitational on Saturday.
The runners met coach Peter Watson’s expectations with an eighth place overall finish at the race.
“We figured if we went in there and hit everything perfectly, we were going to be around seventh to ninth, so it’s right where we expected to be, where we were hoping to be,” UNC coach Watson said.
The team placed better than 27 other teams, including No. 30 University of Florida. The only unranked team to place higher than the Tar Heels was University of California, which landed a seventh-place finish by a distance of 103 points.