RICHMOND, Va – The University of Richmond cross country men finished the 2015 season with one team win and a 10th place finish at the Atlantic 10 Championships.
The men's team victory came at their home event, the Cross Country Invitational, with all six Richmond runners finishing in the top 15 spots.
Senior Matt McKenna was the leader for the Spiders at the tail end of the season, McKenna was the Spiders top finisher in the last three meets, including his sixth place finish at the A-10’s with a time of 24:48.7. McKenna also picked up an Atlantic 10 All Conference award with his top 15 finish. McKenna picked up an individual victory by winning the Cross Country Only Invitational five-mile with a time of 25:08.6.
The Richmond men struggled with injuries all year and lost senior runner Tim Gruber after the second meet of the season. Gruber finished in second place in the Spider Alumni Open with a time of 15:11.8 as the Spiders also finished in second place at the first meet.
A strong second half of the season came out of sophomore Alex Lucking, who missed the first two meets of the season with an injury. Lucking was the Spiders second finisher in each of the last three meets. His best finish came at the Atlantic 10 Championships five-mile where he finished in 14th place with a time of 25:02.9. With that finish Lucking also picked up an Atlantic 10 All Conference Award.
Also helping the Spiders was two seniors in Justin Keefe and Jordan Chavez. Keefe finished the season with two individual top 15 finishes, the first at the Spider Alumni Open 5K finishing in 12th with a time of 15:15.6 and the second at the Cross Country Only Invitational five-mile where he finished in fifth place with a time of 25:40.7
Jordan Chavez’s best finish was at the Cross Country Only five-mile where he finished in 8th place with a time of 26:00.5. Chavez was also featured by the Atlantic 10 on his time with USA Mountain climbing and can be viewed by clicking here.
Matt McKenna led a Spider trio with his third place finish (1:08:12) in the inaugural Collegiate Running Association Half Marathon Championships held on November 22nd in Norfolk, VA. He was followed by Sophomore teammates Alex Lucking and Johnny Hogue who finished fifth (1:08:52) and seventh (1:10:24) respectively to close out the fall season.
This season marked head coach Steve Taylor’s 13th season with the Spiders. Steve successfully put on the Cross Country and Track & Field reunion that saw over 130 alumni from the men’s and women’s programs attend the event.
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