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Point Park men's place 4th at St. Vincent, Torres duels Pitt's top runner for 2nd

Sept. 20, 2014 at 11:00 p.m. ET

Point Park's Eric Torres pulls away from the pack to take 2nd at the St. Vincent meet Saturday. Photo by Chris Squier.


LATROBE, Pa. -- Led by freshman Eric Torres making it a two-man race with the University of Pittsburgh's top runner, the Point Park University men's cross country team took home a high finish of fourth place of 16 teams on Saturday at the St. Vincent Invitational.

Torres, from Robstown, Texas, finished in second place individually with a time of 27:12 in the 8K race. Torres and individual champion Aaron Lauer, a freshman from Pitt, were way out in front of the rest of the pack. Lauer won with a time of 27:06, but there was a sizable gap of 17 seconds between Torres and the third-place finisher, Pitt's Billy Caldwell at 27:29.

With Torres chasing down the best Pitt had to offer, the rest of the Pioneers also performed well for the high team finish. Sophomore Heath Hougas won a medal in 13th place at 28:18. Zane Kravec was next for the Pioneers in 31st place at 30:19. John Wiley followed suit in 36th place at 30:29, and Paul McCloud rounded out the Pioneers top five at 31:10 and 45th place.

Gabe Florentino (31:24) and Eric Engel (32:08) finished in 47th and 55th place, respectively, in the field of 110 runners.

Pitt won the team title with five runners in the top 16 places and 35 points. Host team St. Vincent was second with 38 points. The only team to beat Point Park was NCAA Division II Davis & Elkins with 125 points. Point Park earned 127 points.

Point Park competes next week at the Lock Haven Invitational, the first of two races this year the Pioneers will attend at Lock Haven.

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