W&L Men's Cross Country Claims Victory at the Galen Piper Cross Country Challenge

Daniel Cope

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – The Washington and Lee men's cross country team posted 42 points and cruised to a first-place finish out of five collegiate teams at the 19th Annual Galen Piper Cross Country Challenge hosted by Shippensburg University on Friday evening.

The host Red Raiders, an NCAA Division II squad, finished second with 62 points, while Gettysburg was third with 75 points.

Individually, Gettysburg's Samuel Sheldon claimed the individual title out of 77 runners after covering the 6K course in 19:20.2.

Washington and Lee placed two runners in the Top 5 led by first-year Connor Verrett (Cockeysville, Md. / Loyola Blakefield), who placed third overall with a time of 19:29.8. Junior Daniel Cope (Dallas, Texas / St. Mark's School) finished fifth overall, crossing the finish line in 19:34.3.

Four more Generals placed in the Top 20, including junior Freddie Marx (Greensboro, N.C. / Walter Hines Page), who finished 11th with a time of 19:54.1.  Sophomore Ethan Bernstein (Bethlehem, Pa. / Saucon Valley) crossed in 16th-place with a time of 20:21.4, while first-year Tim Warren (Medford, N.J. / Shawnee) was one spot behind in 17th place (20:21.7).  Classmate Kyle Clarke (Sykesville, Md. / Loyola Blakefield) added a 20th-place finish, crossing the line in 20:32.0.

Washington and Lee, which has won both of its first two meets of the season, returns to action next Saturday when it participates in the ODAC Championship Preview held at Greenhill Park in Salem, Va. The men's race begins at 9:20 am.

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