BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh hosted the 38th-annual Paul Short Run presented by Brooks on Friday at the Goodman Campus and came away with a 24th-place finish out of 45 teams in the women’s Gold 6K race. The Mountain Hawks were led by Katherine Pierce who placed 66th overall out of 396 runners with a time of 21:44.
“Katherine has been a tremendous leader for us and she doesn’t shy away from this level of competition,” said head coach Debbie Utesch. “It was really an interesting look at our team. We are at the end of a tough training cycle racing for the third week in a row, but it looked like we muscled through the race. And if we did that and still put out the performance we did then we are feeling pretty excited about what’s to come at the end of the season."
Providence College, which is ranked No. 3 in the nation, took the women’s gold title with 101 points, edging out Villanova, which is ranked No. 5 in the nation, by three points (104). Syracuse, ranked No. 12 nationally, took third (125), No. 1 Georgetown was fourth (141) while No. 16 Virginia was fifth (152).
In addition to Pierce, freshman Savanna Plombon turned in another strong effort finishing 84th with a time of 22:02. Plombon finished first among other Patriot League freshmen. Other Mountain Hawks that competed in the race included senior Amanda Gosselin who placed 165th (22:51), sophomore Jessica Kendzor (205 – 23:17), freshman Shannon Nelson (216 – 23:23), freshman Shannon Wright (219 – 23:23) and sophomore Marissa Galante (222 – 23:24).
It was Lehigh’s best team finish since it placed 17th in 2008. While Utesch was happy with how the girls finished, she knows it’s going to be a much different story come Patriot League championships.
“You can get away and hide in a race like Paul Short, but that will not be the case at the league championships,” said Utesch. “We are well aware of that. It’s very different type of competition and you won’t be able to hide in numbers. It’s all about guts and glory.”
Senior Bogdana Mimic from Villanova was the women’s champion with a time of 20:10. Shippensburg University senior Neely Spence took second with a time of 20:19 while Providence College sophomore Emily Sisson was a second behind in third place.
In the women’s 6K Brown race, Iona took the top spot with a team score of 125 points, followed by the University of Tampa (15) while Marist College and Rowan University tied in third with 158 points. Rowan’s Vanessa Wright won the race with a time of 21:40 while American University’s Octavia Rinehardt was two seconds back in second place and Iona’s Regina Neumeyer was third (21:47).
Kutztown University (69 points) claimed the top spot in the women’s White race followed by Seton Hill University (85) and RIT (199). Seton Hill’s Stephanie Pryor placed first with a time of 22:52 while Queens College’s Indira Avila took second (22:56) and Misericordia University’s Marina Orrson finished third (23:04).
In the high school girls' Brown race, Pennsbury Girls placed first for the second-straight year with 114 points. Charter School of Wilmington’s Julie Macedo was the individual winner with a time of 17:26.
In the high school girls' White race, Cornwall High School topped the field with 141 points. Mount Saint Joseph Academy’s Haasiyna Taylor placed first with a time of 18:39.
In the girls' high school JV race, Walt Whitman finished first with 56 points. Stroudsburg’s Kirsten Henning won the race with a time of 21:08.