Select members of the Middlebury men's and women's cross country teams participated in the College Open Gold races as part of the 42nd annual Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh. The Paul Short run, one of the largest cross country meets in the nation with more than 5,500 athletes from over 400 competing teams, was contested Friday on the Goodman Cross Country Course. Taking part in races filled with teams from mainly Division I as well some Division II and III representatives, the fifth-ranked Panther women finished 19th of 35 teams competing with 510 points, while the men were 23rd of 27 with 629.
During the women's 6K race with 312 entries, Abigail Nadler was the first Panther woman to cross the finish line in the tightly-run race with a 20th-place effort (21:08). Adrian Walsh was the next to end her race in 75th (21:48), while Katherine Tercek stopped the clock in 22:10 for 119th place. Katherine MacCary ran to a 168th-place effort in 22:35, while Erzsie Nagy rounded out the scorers in 171st (22:36).
In the men's race featuring 278 racers, Sebastian Matt earned the top Middlebury finish with an 88th-place effort in 25:18. Ascencion Aispuro was the next to cross in 114th (25:34), while Sam Cartwright was 155th with a time of 25:57. Miles Meijer and Sam Klockenkemper completed the scorers on the men's side in 167th (26:03) and 194th (26:18), respectively.
The rest of the Panthers will compete Saturday at the Vermont State Meet hosted by Johnson State. The men's race is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m., while the women will toe the starting line at noon.