Emil Heineking (Col ’11) made Cavalier history with his showing at the NCAA cross-country championships in November. The only true freshman to earn All-America recognition a year ago, Heineking became the first UVA cross-country runner to win the honor twice when he was again named an All-American last fall. He was the first ACC runner across the line at the national meet, finishing 26th overall to lead the men’s team to 14th place.
Jason Vigilante, in his first year as UVA’s head cross country coach, was named both the ACC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year and the 2008 Southeast Region Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. The men’s team won its second consecutive ACC title last fall, and the women’s team upset Wake Forest and Duke for the Southeast Regional title.
Ryan Foster (Engr ’08) put his name in the record books by becoming the first Cavalier male to win an individual ACC cross-country title. Foster, a team captain, completed the 8K course at UNC in November with a time of 24:27.7.
Andrew Dumm (Col ’07), competing in his first marathon, won the 33rd Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., with a time of 2:22.44. A Fulbright scholar, Dumm was a walk-on member of the UVA cross-country team, where he earned Academic All-America recognition from ESPN: The Magazine. He is currently a graduate student at American University.