CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The VCU Men's & Women's Cross Country programs made the short trek to Charlottesville to compete at the 2011 Panorama Farms Invitational hosted by the University of Virginia.

The VCU men posted an eighth place finish at the event, while the women's team came in at ninth place.

"Today's performance shows me that we are rounding into where I would like to see us to be to have a great performance at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships," said Director of Cross Country Nicole Cook

Junior Brenden Leavitt was the first member of the VCU Men's team to cross the finish line, as he finished the 8000 kilometer event in 25:46.38. The Virginia Beach, Va., native was the 33rd person to finish at the event. Senior John Vial came in 48th place, as he ran the event in 26:11.42.

The VCU Women were paced by senior Nicole Walters, who finished the 6000 kilometer event in 24:19.46. The Orange, Va., native came in 60th place overall, but 52nd among collegiate competitors. Freshman Niema Eaves was the next highest finisher for the Black & Gold, coming in 68th place overall (24:45.40), and 56th against the field of collegiate student-athletes.

The Rams will next be in action at the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association Championships held on October 29th at Georgia State University. Both teams will look to improve upon last year's performance, in which the men came in fourth and the women placed ninth.