The young Arizona Men’s team was a late addition to the Blue Race (Championship) at the UVA XC 23 Invitational this week and got experience running against some of the best teams in the nation. For the first time this season, Ian Sanchez Lopez finished first for the team, clocking a time of 24:22.8 in the 8k. He was followed by Iker Sanchez Lopez (24:55.6) and freshman Michael Urbanski (24:55.8). Urbanski’s third place finish for the team was his highest this season, as he jumped 11 spots in the final 1k of the race. Rounding out the team’s top-five finishers were Cooper Quigley and Noah Jodon, who placed fourth and fifth for the team. Ian Sanchez Lopez was the lone Wildcat to place in the top-75 of the highly competitive race.
In the Orange Race (B), the Arizona Women were led by Sailor Hutton once again, who has finished first for the team at all their competitions so far this season. Hutton placed 25th in the 6k race with a time of 21:28.1. Alisa Lyesina finished second for the team right behind Hutton with a time of 21:28.5 in 26th. Freshman Sorcha Shiu followed Lyesina as the team’s third runner, placing 47th. For the second straight competition, the Arizona Women got a scoring contribution from an Arizona triathlete, this time with Molly Lakustiak finishing fourth for the team in her first collegiate 6k. Additionally, Johnnie Mitchell ended as the team’s fifth-place runner.
As a team, the Arizona Men placed 23rd overall with a score of 601. The Arizona Women finished 12th with a score of 245 in their race, and 36th overall.
The Wildcats will now head into the postseason with their next meet being the Pac-12 Championships on October 27 hosted by the University of Washington in University Place, Wash.
ARIZONA MEN’S RESULTS (BLUE RACE)
75. Ian Sanchez Lopez – 24:22.8
132. Iker Sanchez Lopez – 24:55.6
133. Michael Urbanski – 24:55.8
154. Cooper Quigley – 25:14.7