PITTSBURGH, Pa. – With 40 meters to go, Ryan Cutter made the move to earn not only his first 2019 University Athletic Association cross country championship, but also the first for the University of Chicago men's program since 2003 in Saturday's title race.
Cutter edged WashU's runner-up Nick Matteucci by a mere .31 seconds to take the medalist title at Pittsburgh's Schenley Park, finishing in a winning 8-kilometer time of 24:50.23. The finish – aided by teammate Chase Gardner's ninth-place mark (25:12) – keyed the UChicago men into a third-place team placing (71 points), just behind runner-up WashU (43 points) and host and winner, Carnegie Mellon (39 points).
Both Cutter (first team) and Gardner (second team) earned all-UAA honors for their performances. Teammates Andrew Kates (16th, 25:33), Sam Craig (19th, 25:37), and Cy Chittenden (26th, 25:48) rounded out the Maroons' scoring five.
Cutter's title was the first since former Maroon Tom Haxton, a two-time champion, won it for the men's team 16 seasons ago. It was also Cutter's third individual race win of 2019, adding to medalist honors at the Gil Dodds Invitational (Sept. 21) and Brissman Lundeen Invitational (Oct. 4).
2019 UAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
1, Ryan Cutter, 24:50.23
9, Chase Gardner, 25:12.07
16, Andrew Kates, 25:33.34
19, Sam Craig, 25:37.51
26, Cy Chittenden, 25:48.28
29, Gavin Fujimori, 25:57.91
32, Charlie Nevins, 25:59.08
- Saturday, Nov. 16: UChicago at NCAA Regional (at Oshkosh, Wis.), 11 a.m.