The North Carolina cross country team competed in the Cavalier Classic on Saturday, where the women finished second, and the men placed third in Earlysville, VA Saturday morning.
With only two events on the schedule— the men’s 8k and the women’s 5k— the Tar Heels
excelled in both.
In the men’s 8k, North Carolina had five runners place in the top 25 out of the 50 possible competitors. Senior Jeremy Brown led the way for the Tar Heels as his time of 24:31.5 earned a fifth-place finish. Shortly after, senior Matt Thornton placed ninth with a time of 24:40.0. The 14th spot went to redshirt junior Mitch Resor with 24:45.9. The Tar Heels also had sophomore John Tatter finish 19th and redshirt junior Alex Milligan finish 22nd to give UNC the third most spots in the top 25 behind Virginia and Duke. At the conclusion of the race North Carolina amassed 64 points, enough for a third-place finish.
With 47 total runners in the women’s 5k, seven Tar Heels finished in the top 25. During this event, graduate student Morgan Ilse placed second with 17:03.3. Junior Paige Hofstad followed with 17:09.2 for third place, and senior Erin Edmundson placed eighth with 17:42.2. The Tar Heels had first-years Lizzy Harding and Alex Morris claim the 14th and 15th spot, respectively. With the strong performances from the women, North Carolina finished with 42 points and earned a second-place finish.