The Belmont Abbey Men's Cross Country team ran to a ninth place finish out of 15 teams, and fifth place among 11 non-division I schools in today's Winthrop/Adidas Invitational on the campus of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Sophomore Patrick Lester jumped out to a very strong start, completing his first mile in 5:41 and led a pair of Emmanuel runners. He finished with a time of 28:25, good for 39th, as he passed a USC Upstate runner in the closing yards just before the finish line.
Connor Buhrmeister finished next for the Crusaders with a 29:40 run, crossing the line in 56th place. He finished just six spots ahead of teammate Thomas Eichorn, who recorded a 29:57 run, beating out a Morehouse opponent by .4 of a second.
The Crusaders will next run at Wingate University's Bulldog Stampede next Saturday.