GW Cross Country to Run at Navy Invitational This Weekend
Colonials Travel to Annapolis to Build on Successful Opening Weekend
LEADING OFF: George Washington's men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the second meet of the 2016 season at Saturday's Navy Invitational at the United States Naval Academy Golf Course in Annapolis, Maryland.
The women's 6,000-meter race, the Salty Dog Invitational, is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. The men's 8,000-meter Navy Invitational will follow at approximately 9:30 a.m.
THE FIELD: Navy Invitational (Men): George Washington, Navy, Loyola (Md.), UMBC, Bowie State, McDaniel Salty Dog Invitational (Women): George Washington, Navy, Maryland, UMBC, Loyola (Md.), McDaniel
LAST TIME OUT: Both teams got off to strong starts at last Friday's Mount St. Mary's Duals in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
The men's team posted a perfect 4-0 record, on the strength of four top-10 finishes, to win the Duals for the first time in program history. Junior Ryan DePinto (2nd overall), sophomore Andrew Weber (7th), senior Seamus Roddy (9th) and junior Charles Arnold (10th) all played a huge role in GW's dual victories over American, UMBC, Mount St. Mary's and Franklin Pierce.
The women's team went 4-2, led by a second-place finish for junior Miranda DiBiasio. The Berea, Ohio, native ran the 5,000-meter course in 18:06.40 for her second straight runner-up finish at the Mount St. Mary's Duals. She improved on her 2015 time by 34 seconds.
The women's team got an impressive showing from freshman Gabriella Vlattas in her collegiate debut. Vlattas finished in 13th place overall and was joined in the top-20 by senior Ariana North (14th) and Macualay Porter (16th).
LAST TIME IN ANNAPOLIS: The women's team tied for first place as a team at the 2015 Salty Dog Invitational, with DiBiasio earning her first career win by topping the field of 74 competitors. North (5th) and Porter (9th) joined DiBiasio in the top ten.
On the men's side, the Colonials finished fourth out of seven teams at the 2015 Navy Invitational. Then-senior Ryan Tucker placed sixth to lead the Colonials last season. GW's current harriers that competed at last year's installment include Jordan Pantalone (29th), Seamus Roddy (31st) and Charles Arnold (34th).
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