Select members of the Middlebury men's and women's cross country teams participated in the College Gold races as part of the 44th annual Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh (Pa.). The Paul Short Run, one of the largest meets in the nation with more than 6,000 athletes from nearly 450 competing teams, was contested Friday on the Goodman Cross Country Course. Taking part in a race filled with teams primarily from Division I as well some Division II and III representatives, the 11th-ranked Panther women finished 35th of 42 teams competing with 877 points, while the 17th-ranked men were 36th of 40 with 915.
In the men's 8K race featuring 359 racers, Harrison Knowlton earned the top Middlebury finish with a 165th-place effort in 25:14. Miles Meijer was the next to cross in 185th (25:21), while Ascencion Aispuro was 194th with a time of 25:25. Andrew Michelson and Theo Henderson completed the scorers on the men's side in 195th (25:25) and 214th (25:59), respectively.
During the women's 6K race with 368 entries, Katherine MacCary was the first Panther woman to cross the finish line with a 131st-place effort (21:31). Abigail Nadler was the next to end her race in 144th (21:36), while Meg Wilson stopped the clock in 22:10 for 214th place. Tasha Greene finished in 226th place with a mark of 22:16, while Rory Kelly rounded out the scorers with a 237th-place effort (22:20).
The Panthers return to action tomorrow when they play host to the Vermont State Meet. The men's race begins at 12:30 p.m., while the women take to the course at 1:30 p.m.