Bearcats Host Queen City Invitational, Post 2nd-Place Finishes
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Men's cross country team after finishing second at the Queen City Invitational.
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CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati men's and women's cross country teams each turned in second-place finishes at the 31st annual Queen City Invitational on Friday evening at Mount Airy Forest.

Serving as the host of the event, UC welcomed ten area teams in this early season meet. The Bearcats welcomed annually-rotating hosts Xavier and Northern Kentucky, while also hosting Campbellsville, Cedarville, Cumberlands, Georgetown (KY), Indianapolis, Lindsey Wilson, Thomas More, UC Running Club and Wright State.

The men's team went into the season-opening meet with many unknowns after losing All-American Eric Finan to graduation and with strong performers Oliver Book and Kevin Fink sidelined for the entire season due to injury.

Sophomore Colin Cotton, who transferred to UC prior to this season from Williams College (Mass.), stepped seamlessly into the No. 1 position for the Bearcats and posted a 15:41.54 time and a third-place individual finish.

"It's my first race at UC so I'm really happy with top ten," said Cotton. "I have run against a lot of these guys from other schools and I knew I had the potential to win. I knew going in that I wouldn't be unhappy if I didn't win. I knew it was an option but I'm ecstatic with top three."

The Bearcats were able to round out the top ten and slide into second place with strong individual performances from senior Chase Beckmann, who finished in seventh-place with a 15:53.65 time, and sophomore Jeffrey Griffiths, who posted a 16:00.07 time for a tenth-place finish.

The women's team entered the meet looking to build off of their season-opening fourth-place finish at the University of Dayton's Flyer 5k Challenge this past Saturday. Sophomore Emily Clay helped guide the team again, this time to a second-place finish by turning in a 19:05.30 time, which was good for an individual third place-finish.

Freshman Anne Pace and sophomore Kaitlyn Meyer were also able to round out the top ten for the women's team with a 19:14.10 time and sixth-place finish for Pace and a 19:28.39 time and tenth-place finish for Meyer.

"By and large I feel pretty good (about the men's and women's team performance), but always you can do better," said head coach Bill Schnier. "Second for the men's and second for the women's, we always aim for first and expect to win but it just didn't happen today. For the men it is the first meet of the season which is always a hard one. Other teams have already had another meet previously, it's a little disadvantage, but all things considered I think we did well."

Both the men's and women's team are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 15, when they travel to Nashville, Tenn. to participate in the Commodore Classic.