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RADFORD, Va.- The VMI men’s cross country placed seven runners in the top 10 on their way to a 21-43 victory over Radford Friday afternoon.

Freshman Donnie Mickels paced the Keydets with a 16:23, finishing ten seconds behind Radford’s Joel Hanlon over the 5K course. VMI also took the next two spots, as Anthony Harris (16:42) and Nick Mazzenga (16:57) finished third and fourth, respectively.

“I was very pleased with the performance of our team today,” said VMI head cross country coach Paul Spangler. “We didn’t run our entire men’s team and we still placed seven runners in the top 10. Donnie Mikels didn’t look like a freshman today with his second-place performance, he handled the pressure of his first collegiate race very well. With the addition of a few more men who we sat out this meet, I am very pleased with the direction the team is headed.”

Radford entered the season ranked sixth in the Big South’s preseason poll, while VMI was voted ninth by the conference’s coaches.

The women’s cross-country team was also in action, as Amber Blain finished as the top Keydet, posting a 20:46 time over the same 5K course. Emily Naslund (21:46) and Carrie McAtee (22:48) turned in sixth and eighth place finishes respectively, rounding out the VMI runners.

“The women did a great job despite a couple of them still feeling a little sick from earlier in the week,” said Spangler. “I saw a lot of positive things from Amber, Emily and Carrie in today’s race. They all competed very well despite the slow conditions. Once we add Ania Najda and Kathleen Resetar to the rest of the squad, we’ll be a much-improved team.”

Both of VMI’s teams return to action Tuesday afternoon, when they host a tri-meet against Washington & Lee and Southern Virginia. The meet will take place at the Virginia Horse Center and will begin at 5 p.m.

VMI Men’s Finishers:
2. Donnie Mikels-16:23
3. Anthony Harris-16:42
4. Nick Mazzenga-16:57
6. Kurt Able-17:09
7. Shawn Hogan-17:11
8. Edwin Lugo-17:15
10. Graham Forbes-17:21
11. Matt Bierlein-17:25
14. Ben Switzer-17:44
16. Brian Welch-17:54

VMI Women’s Finishers:
2. Amber Blain-20:46
6. Emily Naslund-21:46
8. Carrie McAtee-22:48