Burgenson climbs Hood's all-time leaders at Don Cathcart Invitational

Chris Burgenson (Photo by Craig Chase, craigchasephotography.com)
Chris Burgenson (Photo by Craig Chase, craigchasephotography.com)

SALISBURY, Md. - The Hood College men's cross country team competed in the 31st annual Don Cathcart Invitational at Salisbury University as Chris Burgenson became the school's third-fastest runner ever.

How it Happened

  • Burgenson completed the 8,000-meter course in 27:04.4, placing 34th at the invitational and becoming Hood's third-fastest runner with the school's fifth-best time ever. 
  • Grayson Whitesell followed in 73rd with a time of 28:57.0.
  • Frederick Roberts came in 105th in 31:27.6 and Peter Castro rounded out Hood's runners with a time of 35:14.1 (127th).


  • Patrick Watson (Stevenson) was the winner with a time of 24:15.3.
  • East Stroudsburg won the team title with two top-ten finishers for 44 points.

From the Coach

"With resting Conley and Haylee today, our squads really stepped up and put together some high-level performances at a big meet. Chris and Raphaella led the way with huge personal best performances, with Chris becoming our third fastest Blazer of all time. Julee also really stepped up with a major breakthrough race. That's now three solid races in three meets, and we can't wait to see how fast we can run at full strength," Chris Benassi said.

Up Next

The Blazers host the Hood College Open at 9:30 a.m. on October 19.