BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Matt Dearth finished with runner-up honors and four other teammates placed in the top 12, but the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcat cross country team could only pull out a second place in their inaugural race of year here Thursday evening in the Bridgewater Eagle Challenge.
Dearth took second place with a time of 16:32, just a shade off of Davis & Elkins' Hayden Harrison who took first with a time of 16:18.
Wesleyan's Ian Frailey was sixth with a time of 17:00 while teammates Colin Wallace was ninth with a clocking of 17:09, Chad Longanacre was 10th with a time of 17:20 and Sean Snyder was 11th running the course in 17:26.
Rounding out the Wesleyan roster was Austin Hayes in 15th (17:42), Isaiah Robinson in 21st (18:04), Yuya Aruga in 23rd (18:07), Craig Westfall in 34th (18:47), Sam Hughes in 35th (18:48), Austin Jarrell (18:50), Wesley Knotts in 46th (19:34), Stone Bellomy in 49th (19:41), Adam Romano in 53rd (20:27) and Mark Camenzuli in 66th (22:19).
Davis & Elkins won the team title with 20 points while Wesleyan was second with 38.
Virginia Wesleyan was a distant third in the six-team race with 86 points.
The Bobcats will run again on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the St. Vincent Invitational.