BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Norwich University cross country teams competed at the prestigious Paul Short Run Invitational for the first time in program history on Friday afternoon.
The high-powered meet is the largest intercollegiate cross country meet in the nation with approximately 6,000 athletes from nearly 450 colleges and high schools competing annually in 14 races throughout the day.
The Norwich men placed eighth out of 36 teams in the White Race, which featured a mix of Division II and Division III programs. Junior Brody Hale (Naugatuck, Conn.) led the six-man contingent of Cadets that made the trip with a 10th place finish out of 283 runners. He traversed the 8,000-meter course in a time of 26:12.
Sophomore Jack McNally (Nokesville, Va.) finished in 41st place with a time of 26:51, while junior Korey Leonard (Pembroke, Mass.) was close on his heels in 49th place with a time of 27:02. Sophomore Adam Saucier (Massena, N.Y.) was 61st in a time of 27:14, while freshman William Rapsas (Lanoka Harbor, N.J) rounded out Norwich's scoring five in a time of 27:52, good enough for 103rd place.
Senior Connor Lafontaine (Tolland, Conn.) was 126th with a time of 28:16.
On the women's side, four NU runners made the trek to Pennsylvania, which was one short of the minimum needed to score as a team.
Senior Haddie Lary (Randolph, Vt.) led the Cadets with a 30th place finish in a time of 23:32 over the 6,000-meter course.
Senior Melissa Hango (Enosburg Falls, Vt.) was 91st with a new personal best time of 24:31. Freshman Shannon Flaherty (North Yarmouth, Maine) was 108th with a personal-best time of 25:00 and Olivia Giarrizzo (Tampa, Fla.) was 156th with a time of 26:01 for a personal best time as well. Flaherty's personal-best time was two minutes faster than her previous best 6K.
The rest of the NU cross country team will be in action on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Vermont State meet, hosted by Middlebury College. The men run at 12:30 p.m. with the women to follow at 1:30 p.m.