BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh University will yet again be the site of one of the largest cross country meets in the nation when over 5,000 runners from over 400 teams will be in the spotlight as the 39th Annual Paul Short Run, presented by Brooks, kicks off on Friday morning. The all-day event will start at 10 a.m. with the Open Women’s 6K race and last until 5:45 p.m. Last year, the Lehigh men finished in 20th place out of 45 teams, while the women took home 24th out of 45 squads in the prestigious event.
"There’s a lot of work that goes into this from a lot of people, but it’s a great honor to put something like this on our course," said men’s head coach Todd Etters. "Most of the feedback we get from it is positive and that’s what motivates us to do it and it’s a great thing."
Admission: The price of admission for the 39th Lehigh Paul Short Run, presented by Brooks will be $5 per car. Programs, featuring meet information and a list of all participants, will be sold on site for $3. Concessions will also be available throughout the day. For the safety of all fans and student-athletes, smoking and the consumption of alcoholic beverages will not be permitted near the race area.
Results: Team and individual results will be updated on the official Paul Short Run website throughout the day. Check out Lehighsports.com for a full recap of the races as well as results at the end of the event. Results will be updated as quickly as possible following the conclusion of each race.
39th Paul Short Run, presented by Brooks
Goodman Campus Course
September 28, 2012
10 a.m. Open Races on a staggered start
10 a.m. Open Women’s 6K Race (unlimited)
10:10 a.m. Open Men’s 8K Race (unlimited)
11 a.m. Men's College Gold 8K Race (10 runners)
11:45 a.m. Women's College Gold 6K Race (10 runners)
12:15 p.m. Men's College Brown 8K Race (10 runners)
1 p.m. Women's College Brown 6K Race (10 runners)
1:45 p.m. Men's College White 8K Race (10 runners)
2:30 p.m. Women's College White 6K Race (10 runners)
3:15 p.m. Boy's HS Brown 5K Race (10 runners)
3:45 p.m. Girl's HS Brown 5K Race (10 runners)
4:15 p.m. Boy's HS White 5K Race (10 runners)
4:45 p.m. Girl's HS White 5K Race (10 runners)
5:15 p.m. Boy's HS JV 5K Race (All teams- remaining runners)
5:45 p.m. Girl's HS JV 5K Race (All teams- remaining runners)
12:45 p.m. College Gold Division (inside Football Stadium)
2 p.m. College Brown Division (inside Football Stadium)
3:30 p.m. College White Division (inside Football Stadium)
6:15 p.m. High School Brown & White Divisions (inside Football Stadium)
The 2012 Field:
This year, the 2012 field will consist of an ultra-competitive line-up that includes four top 30 nationally-ranked men’s teams and three top 30 nationally-ranked women’s teams. Along with the nationally ranked Division I teams, a plethora of nationally-ranked Division II, III and regionally-ranked teams will join in the race as the level of competition will remain as high as ever in 2012.
The men’s races will feature No. 15 Georgetown, No. 17 Princeton, No. 22 Villanova and No. 28 Columbia as well as eight of the top 15 Mid-Atlantic Region teams including No. 11 Lehigh.
On the women’s side, three of the top 10 nationally-ranked teams will compete led by No. 4 Georgetown, No. 7 Providence and No. 9 Villanova as well as 11 of the top 15 Mid-Atlantic Region teams.
"We’re very excited about the Paul Short Run," said women’s head coach Debbie Utesch. "It’s a great opportunity to welcome more than 400 teams to campus, representing colleges and high schools from all across the United States. It’s a very exciting time for our athletes to compete against some of the top-notch and nationally-ranked competition at home."
Lehigh Men Spotlight:
The men return five of the seven scoring runners from last year’s race including 2012 junior co-captain Jimmy Miller, who finished in 134th place of the 402-runner field with a time of 25:45. Miller is coming off a sixth place finish at the annual Lehigh-Lafayette dual meet on Sept. 14. His co-captain, junior Tyler Mueller will be a force in this year’s race, riding a two-meet winning streak into the Paul Short Run. Mueller finished first in the 6K Lehigh Invitational (18:24.70) to start the 2012 fall season, which earned him an Honorable Mention in the Patriot League’s Cross County Weekly Awards. He followed that performance with another win at the Lehigh vs. Lafayette dual meet in the team’s first 8K run of the season. Mueller finished in 24:54, which was the 10th best time by a Lehigh performer on the Goodman Campus course and eight seconds ahead of second place finisher Sam Bernitt. The performance earned him his second Honorable Mention award in the Patriot League’s Cross Country Weekly Awards.
"They’ve raced hard leading up to this so I fully expect them to be ready to go from the gun and compete at that national level in this event," said Etters.
Miller and Mueller will look to ride that momentum into premiere performances in the Paul Short Run. Along with the two co-captains, Lehigh also returns junior Sam Bernitt (138th) and sophomores Casey Gilboy (265th) and Nick Ward (294th) as the three other scoring runners in the 2011 Paul Short Run. The men’s team enters the event on the heels of a first place finish in the Lehigh Invitational on Aug. 31 and a 16-47 win against the rival Lafayette Leopards on Sept. 14.
Lehigh Women Spotlight:
The 2011 squad finished in 24th place out of the field of 45 teams and returns five of the seven scoring runners from last year. Amanda Gosselin is the top returning runner from the 2011 Paul Short Run, finishing in 165th place (22:51). Along with Gosselin, the Mountain Hawks also return Jessica Kendzor (205th), Shannon Nelson (216th), Shannon Wright (219th) and Marissa Galante (222nd) to this year’s race. Senior Julia Perry earned her first career win in her first ever collegiate cross country race on Sept. 14 against the rival Lafayette Leopards. Perry finished with a time of 22:35 in the 6K race as the Mountain Hawks placed nine runners in the top 10 and 11 in the top 15. Entering today’s race, Lehigh has finished second in the Lehigh Invitational and picked up a 17-46 win against Lafayette in the annual dual with the crosstown rivals.
2011 Recap: Oklahoma and Providence capture crowns at 38th Annual Paul Short Run, presented by Brooks
With over 5,000 runners from over 450 colleges and high schools competing, one of the largest and most competitive fields took to the course at Lehigh University in the 38th Annual Paul Short Run, presented by Brooks. The 2011 field consisted of eight top 25 nationally-ranked men’s teams and seven top 25 nationally-ranked women’s teams along with multiple regionally-ranked teams that made up the intensely competitive field.
The then fourth-ranked University of Oklahoma took home the 2011 men’s Gold crown after finishing four runners inside the top 10 and scoring 34 points, while third-ranked Providence took the women’s Gold title with a team score of 101, sliding by No. 4 Villanova by three points (104). Villanova senior Bogdama Mimic captured the women’s 6K Gold individual title, finishing in 20:10, and North Carolina-Greensboro sophomore Paul Chelimo was the men’s 8K Gold individual winner, crossing the line in 23:55.
Iona swept the men’s and women’s brown races, taking both titles with team scores of 125 apiece. In the women’s 6K Brown race, Vanessa Wright of Rowan University took the individual title, while the men’s 8K Brown went to Christopher Johnson of Colgate.
Kutztown University also swept the men’s and women’s White races with team scores of 120 and 69, respectively. Sophomore Stephanie Pryor of Seton Hill was the individual women’s winner, while Macky Lloyd of the College of Saint Rose captured the individual men’s title.
Paul Short Biography:
Born in Hurt, Virginia in 1910, Paul E. Short enrolled at Lehigh University in 1930 and earned three varsity letters in football as the team’s starting quarterback. Paul was an exceptional athlete and participated in both lacrosse and wrestling before graduating in 1934 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After a career at Bethlehem Steel, Short joined the Lehigh Athletic Staff in 1938 and went on to combine duties as an assistant coach in football, baseball, wrestling and lacrosse, and served as Business Manager and Assistant Director of Athletics. His services were interrupted during World War II, at which time he served with distinction as a Major in the United States Army. An avid supporter of Lehigh cross country and track, Short served the Lehigh community from 1946 until his death in 1967.
Ath. Attic 1977
Georgetown 2003, 2004, 2005
James Madison 1999
Michigan State 1997, 1998, 2000
Navy 1982, 1984
Penn State 1979, 1980, 1981, 1994, 2001
Villanova 1975, 1976, 1978, 1991, 1993, 1996, 2006, 2007
West Virginia 1985, 1988
William and Mary 2002
Wisconsin 1983, 2008
Air Force 1988
Georgetown 1989, 1990, 1999, 2003, 2010
North Carolina State 1997
Penn State 1981, 1982, 1986, 1996, 2001, 2002
Princeton 2006, 2007
Providence 1994, 1995, 2011
Villanova 1984, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000
West Virginia 2008, 2009
? For the eighth year, the ChampionChip System will assist in keeping track of times. Each runner will have a computer chip on his/her shoe that will transmit an identification number and the runner’s time to the finish-line computers.
? Liberty’s Sam Chelanga owns the fastest time in Paul Short men’s history with a 23:05 clip in the 2008 8K race. Nine of the 10 top times in the men’s race have been set in the past five years.
? Marie-Louise Asselin of West Virginia holds the fastest women’s time in meet history at 19:38, set in the 2008 6K race. Nine of the top 10 times in the women’s race have been set in the past five years.
? Doug Smith of Gill St. Bernards High School owns the record boys’ high school time for the Paul Short 5K at 15:10, set in 2007. The fastest 5K time ever recorded on the Goodman Course by a high school runner was set in 2006 by Unionville’s Paul Springer at 14:47.
? Warwick Valley High School’s Aislinn Ryan holds the fastest girls’ 5K time in meet history at 17:03, set in 2005. The mark is also the fastest 5K time ever recorded on the Goodman Course by a high school girls’ runner.
? Georgetown, Michigan State, Penn State and Villanova are the only men’s teams to win consecutive Paul Short championships.
? Georgetown, Penn State, Princeton, Providence, Villanova and West Virginia are the only women’s teams to win consecutive Paul Short championships.
? Georgetown, Penn State, Providence, Villanova and West Virginia are the only teams to have won both the Paul Short men’s and women’s championship.
? Three teams have won both the men’s and women’s race in the same year. Penn State swept the competition in 1981 and accomplished the feat again in 2001. Villanova won both races in 1991 and 1993, while Georgetown secured both top spots in 2003.