NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The men’s and women’s cross country teams finished their final meet on Saturday, the Christopher Newport Invitational, before the MEAC Cross Country Championships. The women took fifth place and the men placed fourth. The men beat Hampton University, but finished five points behind Norfolk State.

Redshirt senior Janessa Benn led the women with a 12th place finish in 24:00. Sophomore Janay Ferrell was second, finishing in 25:58 and placing 24th. Junior Saeed Jones led the men with a 10th place finish in 26:23. Freshman Darren White was behind Jones with an 11th place finish at 26:30.

Both teams will use next week to prepare for the MEAC Cross Country Championship that will take place Saturday, Oct. 26 in Princess Anne, Md.