Five Dayton men’s cross country runners finished within 21 seconds at the Queen City Invitational last Friday in Mason. Two more finished five seconds later.
That’s one reason the Flyers finished fourth out of 24 teams as they posted their best team finish of the young season.
“It’s truly a team sport,” said 18th-year coach Rich Davis. “These guys know that. They feed off each other. There is no definite pecking order. We have a group of eight guys. Any of these eight can be in our top five at any given race.”
A week earlier, Dayton finished fourth out of seven Division I teams at the Flyer 5K
“It was really two 5Ks in six days,” Davis said. “The weather was warm. The guys are focused on reaching their potential, and they’re coming off a great summer of training. The mileage they put in over the summer paid off over the first two weeks.”
Senior Michael Russell led UD with a 13th-place finish in 15 minutes, 47 seconds in Mason. Sophomore Kyle Lach, the team’s top runner at the Flyer 5K, trailed him by five seconds and finished 17th.
Freshman Tyler Adgalanis, the surprise of the team, finished four seconds behind Lachin in 23rd place. A walk-on from Fort Wayne, Ind., Adgalanis was the team’s second finisher at the Flyer 5K. He has twice been named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week, sharing the honor this week with Ryan DePinto, of George Washington.
“When I recruited him, I knew he was a rising star,” Davis said. “His times were getting faster and faster. But he didn’t get the times I wanted him to get for scholarship. He’s proving me wrong that he can do it. He didn’t do it in track or cross country his senior year. He came close, but he put in a great summer and he keeps on improving.”
Women’s cross country: Emily Leonard, a freshman from Park Ridge, Ill., was named A-10 rookie of the week. She finished sixth in the Queen City Invitational in 18:37.80. The Flyers finished third out of 21 teams.
Basketball: Dr. Stephen Levitt held his 25th and final summer BBQ event for the men’s and women’s basketball teams Sunday in Kettering. More than 1,000 people attended and heard coaches Archie Miller and Jim Jabir speak and introduce their players.
Freshman center Steve McElvene was among the Flyers in attendance. McElvene is now training with the team, according to photos and video posted to Twitter by the Dayton True Team account.
Only two men’s basketball players were not there. Both missed the event because of injuries. Miller said Jalen Robinson is “dealing with a pretty severe ankle sprain right now,” and Detwon Rogers went through “a procedure on Friday to help his knee and is resting.”
Volleyball: The Flyers improved to 4-2 by winning two of three matches at the Flyer-Raider Invitational last week. They lost 3-0 to Nebraska and beat Wright State 3-2 and California State Bakersfield 3-1.
Dayton plays Toledo, Cleveland State and Navy in the Cleveland State tournament this weekend.
Men’s golf: The Flyers finished 13th out of 15 teams at the Marshall Invitational last weekend. Sophomore Nick Paxson shot 7-over par 220 (80-71-69) to tie for 39th place in a field of 91.
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