Oxford, OH – The Miami University men’s cross country team opened its season Saturday morning at the Flyer 5k Challenge, hosted by the University of Dayton at Indian Riffle Park in Kettering.

The RedHawks finished with 79 total points, earning them third place behind Louisville and Ohio State. Dayton came in fourth with Northern Kentucky and Wright State coming in fifth and sixth respectively.

Junior Matt Stewart recorded a 16:06 performance across the five-kilometer course to lead the team and come in 10th place overall. Redshirt sophomore Patrick Santino came in second on the team in his debut race, running a 16:12 and earning 13th place. Junior Ryan Moncrieff ran a 16:15 to come in 19th. Sophmores Matthew Dietrich, Stephen Biebelhausen and Andrew Dusing all ran 16:22 to round out the scoring for the “Hawks.

"We had a very tight group with only 17 seconds separating our top seven seven, and only a 21-second gap between our top nine." head coach Warren Mandrell said.

The RedHawks are back in action in two weeks when they host their only home meet of the season at the Miami Invitational on Sept. 13 at the Miami cross country course.