The Tennessee men’s cross country team scored 84 points Saturday at the 8K Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic to finish second in the field of 36 teams.
The Vols finished behind host Louisville’s 51 points in the race at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.
“We had a fairly successful race,” coach George Watts said. “I was pleased with the overall effort of the team. I was extremely pleased with the top-five spread, which will help us in the big meets coming up later in the season. Jeff Day did a really nice job leading the team and bouncing back from a difficult effort at our home meet. I feel like we have a lot to look forward to the rest of the season.”
The five Vols who scored finished eighth through 27th to make up the team score. Jeff Day led Tennessee across the line, finishing eighth in the race with his time of 24:41.31. He was followed by senior Ben Lukowski finishing the course in 24:52.13 for 13th place. Captain Tyler DeVault finished in 14th with his time of 24:54.26, and Nate Jansen scored in 22nd place with his time of 25:02.33. Matt Piccarello rounded out the scoring for Tennessee with his 27th-place, 25:06.32 finish.
Chris Platt finished 37th overall in 25:17.18 followed by Denton Jones in 48th with a time of 25:31.22. Yarrick Kincaid finished 87th in 26:05.23 and Greg Thomas finished 91st in 26:07.38. Richie Bonilla crossed the finish line 102nd in 26:15.80, with Dusty Miller behind him in 108th at 26:19.14. Chris Rapp finished 234th with a time of 27:33.98. The field of 325 runners is the biggest field Tennessee has competed against this season.
Tennessee will take next week off before traveling to Terre Haute, Ind. for the 8K Brooks Pre-Nationals race at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center.