Men's cross country team competing in the 2021 A-10 championships


Champion 'monks'

Men’s cross-country won its second Atlantic 10 championship in March. The team placed four Spiders in the top 10 of the A-10 championship meet and earned head coach Steve Taylor his fourth Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year award.

As the team celebrated, Taylor praised his runners’ discipline and determination.

“Since August, these men have been living a monk’s life of running, studying, running, studying,” he said. “Not one single positive COVID test by any of our cross-country runners. It’s like they’ve been a caged animal getting poked by a stick for eight months, and today the cage door was opened, and they let it all go on the course.”

The Spiders were led by freshman Stuart Terrill, who finished second overall and was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie Performer, UR’s first since Andrew Benford was the conference’s top rookie in 2006. Junior Peter Borger finished 5 seconds behind Terrill to take third place. Both were recognized with first-team All-Conference honors.

After the season’s end, the sport’s coaches association named Terrill and Borger All-Academic Athletes.