Rams open up season at Richmond Spider Alumni Open

Meet: Richmond Spider Alumni Open

Location: Pole Green Park – Mechanicsville, Va.

Distance: Men – 5km, Women – 2 mile

Results: Men - Women

The Short Story: Junior Emily Dyke's top-10 finish highlighted the VCU cross country team's regular season opening meet, the Richmond Spider Alumni Open. Dyke carried over from her success last year, where she won four different races, and clocked in at 11:31 to finish ninth on the women's side. Overall, the women's squad finished third at the meet.

On the men's side, junior Austin Lushinski led the way with a top-20 finish to help the Rams to a fourth-place finish. VCU had two freshmen finish in their top five runners.

Results:

Men
Austin Lushinski – 17th overall – 16:20.8
Anteneh Girma – 22nd overall – 16:36.7
Bismillah Alidost – 27th overall – 16:50.6
Calvin Wood – 29th overall – 17:04.2
Michael Villagomaz – 31st overall – 17:23.8

Women
Emily Dyke – 9th overall – 11:31.0
Chloe Bavin – 22nd overall – 11:57.9
Elizabeth Stump – 23rd overall – 11:58.3
Nichelle Scott – 30th overall – 12:08.2
Courtney Holleran – 35th overall – 12:21.1
Kathleen Gardner – 45th overall – 12:47.1
Katherine Samsky – 48th overall – 13:09.3
Maggie Grumbine – 49th overall – 13:17.9
Caitlin McNicholl – 51st overall – 13:26.0
Ashley Greenlee – 52nd overall – 13:37.1
Ashanti Jackson – 53rd overall – 13:48.4
Paula Camacho – 54th overall – 13:52.7


Quotable
  • "I was pleased with how the athletes competed today, we are right where we need to be and will continue to move forward as we prepare for conference in a little less than two months.  The athletes are working hard and are conceptualizing with each race what they need to do to get better." – Director of Cross Country Nicole Cook
Up Next
  • Next weekend, the Rams head up I-64 to compete at the JMU Invitational. The women will toe the line first at 10 a.m.