Rams Take First at the Panther Classic

Meet: Panther Classic
Location: Richmond, Va.
Distance: 8K 

Team Scoring:  1-VCU 26, 2-Virginia State 41, 3-Virginia Union 86, 4-Chowan-90, 5-Bowie State 91 

The short story: 
The men took first in the VUU Panther Classic with an average time of 28:52. This was their first number one finish of the year. VCU's top runner Bryce Catlett trailed first place by less than a second. VCU claimed three of the top five spots. 


  • Catlett finished in 28:06.5, running stride-for-stride with the top finisher throughout the race.
  • Taking fourth overall was senior Bismillah Alidost. Alidost crossed the line at 28:26.3.
  • Alidost was followed by freshman James De La Rama, who earned an overall top-5 finish for the first time in his early VCU career.
  • Michael Villagomaz took sixth with a time of 28:48.0.
  • Finishing things up for the Rams was freshman Austin Conway. 


The Rams carry this momentum into the Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championships taking place on Oct. 28, in Leesburg, Va.