(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) – The Walsh cross country teams started the year in spectacular fashion as both the men's and women's teams finished first amongst the non-Division I teams at the National Catholic Meet Friday. The event was hosted by the University of Notre Dame.
The Walsh women entered the race ranked No. 13 in the nation and cruised to the victory with a team score of 32. All five scoring runners finished in the top 12 with the sixth and seventh runners right behind in 13th and 14th.
Andra Lehotay was the top Cavalier thinclad as she came in ninth overall with the Division I runners and first in the non-Division I group. She crossed the finish line at 18:01.23 with teammate Brianna Coy less than a second behind her at 18:01.75.
Newcomer Alyssa Viscounte had an excellent collegiate debut as the freshman crossed the line at 19:00.41 to place 39th overall and seventh in the non-DI group. Claire Roberston finished at 19:17.10 and Alexa Leppelmeier followed at 19:30.11 to complete the team scoring.
The Cavalier men's team were in a similar position and entered ranked No. 19 in the nation. The men also dominated the field as all five scoring runners finished inside the top nine to give the Cavaliers 27 points. The sixth and seventh runners both finished inside the top 20.
Mark Hadley breezed through the flat course with a time of 25:30.16 as the top non-Division I runner. His time was good enough to finish No. 13 in the overall field. Jacob Caniford was right behind at 25:56.41 to finish fourth in the non-DI group. Overall he finished No. 24.
The Cavs will take next week off before making the short trek north to the University of Akron for the All-Ohio championships on Saturday, Sept. 29.