The University of Mary Washington men's cross country team saw five runners finish in the top nine in capturing the 2009 Capital Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday in Walkerville, Md. The Mary Washington women finished in second place in the women's race, just five points behind champion Salisbury University.
For the men and CAC Coach of the Year Stan Soper, senior Frank DeVar (Alexandria, Va., West Potomac) was named CAC Runner of the Year in repeating as the first place finisher in the race with a time of 25:23.66. Senior Brian Fulton (Pawling, N.Y., Pawling) finished second overall with a time of 27:03.47, and freshman Scott Plunkett (Annandale, Va., Annandale) took fifth with a time of 27:23.55. Senior Matt Cash (Fredericksburg, Va., Stafford) took eighth overall at 27:31.67, and senior Jake Pattyson (Winchester, Va., James Wood) took ninth at 27:39.51.
Sophomore Kyle Anderson (New Milford, Conn., New Milford) finished in 12th place at 27:47.17, and was joined on the All-CAC squad by sophomore David Gayek (Leesburg, Va., Loudoun County) who took 14th at 27:50.25. Chris Marino (Portland, Conn., Portland) and Stephen Harrison (Sterling, Va., Park View) both finished in the top 20 as well.
For the Eagle women, junior Sarah Dawes (Chesapeake Beach, Md., Huntingtown) gained the CAC Runner of the Year award after finishing first with a time of 24:12.79. Junior Kristy Witek (Fairfax, Va., Chantilly) took third at 24:52.50, and was joined on the All-CAC first team by Michaela Sands (Burke, Va., Lake Braddock) in seventh place at 25:17.73. Sophomore Mara Cate (Alexandria, Va., West Potomac) took 11th at 25:46.11, and Dawn Rainbolt (Gaithersburg, Md., Quince Orchard) also joined the All-CAC team in 13th place at 25:56.82. Senior Nina Pfeiffer (Strasburg, Va., Strasburg) also finished in the top 20, taking 17th at 26:37.63.
Both teams will compete in the NCAA Regional Championships hosted by Guilford College next Saturday at 11:00 a.m.