Cross country squads race to fourth at VT Alumni Invitational

Lynchburg runner Kaitlyn Johnson leads a pack of cross country runners.

Blacksburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's men's and women's cross country teams each ran to fourth place team finishes Friday evening at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational. The Hornets finished only behind NCAA Division I programs in the meet.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Johnson (Spotsylvania, Va.) led the way for the Hornet women, cruising to a personal best in the 6k race (22:36.4) and an eighth-place finish despite the soaked course. It marks the first time a Lynchburg runner has finished in the top 10 at the meet.

Two other Lynchburg women, junior Michela Cholak (Ocean Township, N.J.) and senior Samantha Schreiber (Gladys, Va.), finished in the top 20. Cholak was 16th, navigating the course in 23:33.9, while Schrieber finished 18th (23:40.6).

Senior Tristan Lucy-Speidel (Fort Valley, Va.) set the pace for Lynchburg's men, finishing the 8k course in a season-best 25:35 to take 23rd.

Freshman Max Sparks (Canton, Conn.) also recorded a top-30 finish, coming in 29th in 25:55.4 for a personal best.

Follow this link for full results from the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational.

Lynchburg's cross country teams will compete again next weekend, Saturday, Sept. 22, at Shenandoah's Hornet Harrier Invitational in Winchester, Va.