Lattuca Paces Entire Pack While Donatelli Tops Marlins at Bridgewater XC Challenge

Lattuca Paces Entire Pack While Donatelli Tops Marlins at Bridgewater XC Challenge

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University cross country teams had solid outings at the Bridgewater Eagle Cross Country Challenge Friday afternoon. The men's side topped the entire field placing three in the top ten while the women saw success with two runners in the top-20.

Freshman Skyler Lattuca made a big impression in his Marlin debut as he placed first overall with a time of 16:12.26. Not far behind him was a pair of Marlins in Michael Tres and Mike Class, who claimed fourth and ninth. Tres clocked in with a time of 17:23.75 while Class was just 33 seconds behind.

Finishing in the top 20 were Kollin Baer's (18:29.18) 16th-place finish and Christian Roden's (19:13.34) 20th-place finish.

Gina Donatelli crossed the finish line first for the Marlin women, finishing the 4K race in just 19:05.32. The time was good enough for 12th overall. Right behind her was freshman Destiny Kinka who clocked a time of 19:19.15, which placed her 15th in the field.

Tynai Deans (20:50.17), Kayleen Meinen (20:51.71) and Edlane Gilman (20:53.80) all finished in the top thirty of the field as well coming in 26th, 27th and 28th, respectively.

The cross country squads will compete again soon as the team will head to North Carolina for the Adidas XC Challenge hosted by N.C. State on Sept. 14.