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Point Park men's cross country comes in 10th of 20 teams at PSU-Behrend

Sept. 13, 2014 at 10:50 p.m. ET



ERIE, Pa. -- The Point Park University men's cross country team ran short-handed at the Penn State-Behrend Invitational on Saturday but still came up with 10th place of 20 teams in the 8K meet.

The Pioneers were without four of their top six runners due to a combination of injuries and school obligations. Point Park's five competitors who raced Saturday were all freshmen.

Leading the way once again for Point Park was freshman Eric Torres, from Robstown, Texas, who placed fourth individually with a time of 26:44. That time is good for 6th in team history for an 8K, and it was Torres' first 8K-race of his career.

Mt. Union, which won the team title by a wide margin and is a yearly contender in NCAA Division III, had six of the top seven individual placements with the only one not from its team being Torres in fourth place.

Point Park was without some of its other top runners of Chris Hunt (injury), Heath Hougas (injury), Zane Kravec (school) and Connor Mulvaney (injury).

Helping the Pioneers finish in the top half of the meet nonetheless were freshmen Paul McCloud (36th, 28:49), John Wiley (56th, 29:44), Gabe Florentino (74th, 31:38) and Marvin Walker (86th, 33:43). There were 169 total runners in the field.

Point Park's next competition is Sept. 20 at St. Vincent. Follow the Pioneers on Twitter @PointParkSports