Despite competing on a tough course and against two ranked opponents, senior John Raneri knew the North Carolina men’s cross country team could rise to the occasion.
“Everybody seemed to be in good spirits, and everybody seemed ready to roll as well,” Raneri said. “If there was any adversity, we completely ignored it.”
Raneri helped the men’s cross country team grab a first place finish by running a personal best 23 minutes 53.6 seconds in the 8K and finished fourth individually at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational in Earlysville, Va.. Senior Pat Schellberg, freshman Joe Sansone and junior Ryan Walling finished 11th, 12th and 13th, respectively.
“I was confident, but I was cautious also,” Raneri said. “I knew that if I made a mistake during the race it would really hurt my outcome, but I knew that I could compete with the best.”
Coach Mark VanAlstyne applauded the men’s team effort and said its persistence was the difference in the race.