Men’s cross country finishes 41st at Paul Short

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — The Lehigh men’s cross country team competed in the 48th annual Paul Short Run on Friday morning, finishing 41st in the Gold 8k race. North Carolina won the Gold 8k race for the second year in a row, with two sophomores securing the top two spots for the Tar Heels.

The Mountain Hawks’ top finisher for the race was senior Connor Melko who placed 138th overall. Melko’s time of 24:21.5 earned him the fourth-best overall finish on the course for a Lehigh runner. Melko finished as Lehigh’s top student-athlete for the second straight year at the Paul Short Run.

Melko was followed by a classmate Tyler Frenchwho finished 156th (24:27.8) and graduate student Nick Wilson who finished 376th (26:01.2). Seniors follow closely Ethan Davis (26:03.3) and Riley Williamson (26:16.1) who finished 379th and 391st respectively.

“I thought Connor did the right thing, he was aggressive today,” the head coach said Todd Etter. “It would have been nice to see him and Tyler connect a little better throughout the race. They were a little apart and I think they race better together, but the competition is great.”

The Mountain Hawks finished the race with 1,195 total points. There were a total of 46 teams competing in the Gold 8k race.

“We train here three days a week and there’s nobody here,” Etters said. “You come to a day like today and there are literally thousands of people running around and that’s an adjustment.”

Lehigh’s top runners in the open 8K were first-years Carter Lopresti in 195th place (26:10.9) and Alex Heidemann comes 205th (26:16.5).

“It’s not often you race in such a wide and deep peloton, so I think we’ll handle that better with our rookie when they see what this competition is about and know what the goal is,” said etters. “It’s something we can learn from. I’m excited about the squad we have, but they have to learn from today and do better and they will.”

The Mountain Hawks will take a week off before heading to two games on Friday, October 14. While some members of Lehigh’s men’s cross country team will travel to University Park, Pa. for the Penn State Invitational, others will head to New York for the ECAC/IC4A Championships. Competition at Penn State will begin at 11:30 a.m. while ECAC/IC4A will start at 11:45 a.m.

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