BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh hosted the 38th-annual Paul Short Run presented by Brooks on Friday at the Goodman Campus and came away with a 20th-place finish out of 45 teams in the men's Gold 8K race. The Mountain Hawks were led by Evans Kosgei who placed 10th overall out of 402 runners with a time of 24:25.
“I think we are right where we were hoping we would finish,” said head coach Todd Etters. “With that many nationally ranked and regional teams, I thought we handled ourselves well. As for Evans, that’s where we wanted him to be. You can’t ask much more than that.”
The University of Oklahoma, which is ranked No. 4 in the nation, took the men’s gold title with 34 points, placing four runners inside the Top 10. Georgetown, ranked No. 22 nationally, took second (143), Columbia third (156), Villanova, ranked No. 18 nationally, took fourth (177) and Syracuse, ranked No. 15 nationally, fifth (229).
In addition to Kosgei, senior Evan Flach turned in another strong effort finishing 128th with a time of 25:44. Other Mountain Hawks that competed in the race included sophomore Jimmy Miller who placed 134th (25:45), sophomore Sam Bernitt (138 – 25:47), sophomore Tyler Mueller (158 – 25:54), freshman Casey Gilboy (265 – 27:08) and freshman Nick Ward (294 – 27:42).
It was Lehigh’s best team finish since it placed 15th in 2008 and Kosgei’s 10th-place was the best by a Mountain Hawk since 2006 when Sean Swift also finished 10th.
Etters was happy with the effort, but knows there is still work to be done.
“Certainly there is still thing we need to improve upon,” said Etters. “We can’t take our foot off of the accelerator. October is a big month for us but I feel good where we are right and Paul Short will build confidence for the guys.”
Sophomore Paul Chelimo from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro was the men’s champion with a time of 23:55. Senior Jeremy Sudbury from the University of Oklahoma took second with a time of 24:12 while his teammate senior George Alex finished one second later in third place.
In the men’s 8K Brown race, Iona took the top spot with a team score of 125, followed by Binghamton (204) and Nebraska Wesleyan (294). Colgate’s Christopher Johnson won the race with a time of 25:19 while Iona’s Jason Weller placed second (25:38) and Molloy College’s Nick Filippazzo took third (25:40).
Kutztown University (120 points) claimed the top spot in the men’s White race followed by Felician College (151) and Gwynedd-Mercy College (178). Saint Rose’s Macky Lloyd placed first with a time of 25:32 while Felician’s Rob Albano took second (25:40) and Goucher College’s Joey Negreann finished third (26:10).
In the high school boys' Brown race, La Salle College High School placed first with 154 points. Chestnut Hill’s Dustin Wilson was the individual winner with a time of 15:46.
In the high school boys' White race, West Chester East topped the field for the second-straight year with 112 points. In a photo finish, Jared Schatz of Lancaster Mennonite was the individual winner with a time of 16:21.
In the boys' high school JV race, Walter Johnson High School finished first with 26 points. Cumberland Valley’s Kyle Rohde won the race with a time of 17:33.