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Tribe Men Take Eighth at UVA Invitational
Updated: Monday 09/28/2013 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William and Mary men's cross country team finished eighth overall at the UVA/Panorama Farms Invitational Saturday, scoring 205 points to beat out five other teams in the event.  North Carolina scored 58 points to pull the upset victory over No. 11 Eastern Kentucky and No. 16 Virginia, while the Tribe's placement was no small upset either, finishing ahead of two higher ranked opponents.

W&M was led once again by junior Rad Gunzenhauser (Pittsburgh, Pa.), who ran 23:58.8 for eighth place, just eight seconds out of second.  True freshman Trevor Sleight (Asheville, N.C.) had an impressive collegiate debut, running 24:33.1 for 34th overall, and junior Joshua Mercado (Citrus Heights, Calif.) was 49th in 24:52.1.  Sophomore Ryan Gousse (Apopka, Fla.) ran 25:05.9 for 58th place, and redshirt-freshman David Barney (Lynchburg, Va.) finished out the team scoring in 62nd, running 25:10.2.  Freshman Faris Sakallah (Chantilly, Va.) and sophomore Nathaniel Hermsmeier (Charlottesville, Va.) rounded out the top seven in 25:29.0 and 25:31.4, respectively.

William and Mary is back in action on Saturday, Oct. 19, with two meets.  The top runners while head to Terre Haute, Ind. for the Pre-National Invitational, while the rest of the squad will host the Tribe Open at Eastern State.

UVA/Panorama Farms Invitational
Panorama Farms - 8K

Team Scores (National Rank/Regional Rank)
1. RV/4 North Carolina 58
2. 11/1 Eastern Kentucky 76
3. 16/2 Virginia 101
4. RV/6 Duke 104
5. NR/5 Auburn 106
6. NR/8 Liberty 141
7. RV/9 Virginia Tech 197
8. NR/11 William and Mary 205
9. NR/8 California 226
10. NR/10 High Point 239
11. NR/14 George Mason 294
12. NR/NR Mississippi 337
13. NR/NR UNC Greensboro 371

Top Five Individuals
1. Soufiane Bouchikhi (EKU) 23:22.4
2. Leoule Degfae (VT) 23:50.2
3. Ty McCormack (AUB) 23:50.8
4. John Raneri (UNC) 23:53.6
5. Mike Moverman (Duke) 23:56.8

W&M Individuals
8. Rad Gunzenhauser 23:58.8
34. Trevor Sleight 24:33.1
49. Joshua Mercado 24:52.1
58. Ryan Gousse 25:05.9
62. David Barney 25:10.2
71. Faris Sakallah 25:29.0
73. Nathaniel Hermsmeier 25:31.4
78. Paul Gates 25:38.1
84. Nick Tyrey 25:51.1
94. David Gunnerson 26:15.3

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