Lehigh to Host 48th Annual Paul Short Run

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – In less than 48 hours, thousands of runners will return to the Lehigh Valley for one of the nation’s top cross country meets. The 48th edition of the Paul Short Run, presented by ASICS, is returning to Bethlehem on Friday at the Goodman Campus Cross Country Course.

With over 5,500 student-athletes from over 450 colleges or high schools competing in Friday’s races, the Paul Short Run will feature 12 races throughout the day starting with two open races, six college races and ending with four high school races.

The Paul Short Run is in honor of the late Paul Short who served as Lehigh’s Business Manager and Assistant Director of Athletics for 29 years. During his tenure at Lehigh, Short became an avid fan of Lehigh cross country and track and field.

In 1969, former Lehigh cross country and track and field head coach John Covert organized the meet with just seven teams competing. In 1981, the women joined the Paul Short Run, running a 5k which eventually changed to a 6k in 2000.

Last year, North Carolina ended Utah State’s three-year winning streak, taking home the men’s Gold 8k title. The Tar Heels finished first with 56 points with Villanova following close behind with 57 points. Princeton finished third 74 points while Utah State followed with 77 points in its fourth-place finish. Utah State’s Caleb Garnica was the individual champion for the men’s Gold 8k, finishing with a time of 23:39. Villanova’s Josh Phillips (23:31) finished second overall while his teammate Haftu Strintzos (23:33) finished third.

In the women’s Gold 6k, Northern Arizona took home the gold with 85 points and two finishers in the top ten. The Lumberjacks were tied with Villanova before winning the tie-breaker to secure the title. The Wildcats finished second with 85 points while Utah State (93 points) and Georgetown (101 points) finished third and fourth, respectively. Taryn O’Neill from Northern Arizona took home the individual title, finishing first with a time of 19:54. Rice’s Grace Forbes (19:58) finished second while Villanova’s Lydia Olivere finished third (20:03).

LOCATION:
Lehigh University-Goodman Campus Cross Country Course
Goodman Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015

ADMISSION:
Admission: Free
Parking: Parking attendants will allow team vehicles to park in the designated Stabler lots. All spectator parking will also be in the Stabler lots at $5.00 per vehicle. Cash is preferred and is the fastest method, but credit cards are also accepted.

RESULTS:
Official results will be posted electronically on LehighSports.com/PaulShort. Live results will be available on Leonetiming.com

MEDIA:
All media members wishing to obtain a parking pass or credential should contact Morgan Weindel, Assistant Director of Sports Communications ([email protected])

PAST CHAMPIONS:
men’s
Army: 1986
ath. Attic: 1977
Brown: 1987
Georgetown: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2015
Indiana: 2009, 2013
Iona: 1995, 2016
James Madison: 1999
Kansas: 1990
Lehigh: 1969
Michigan: 1998
Michigan States: 1997, 1998, 2000
Navy: 1982, 1984, 2014
North Carolina: 2021
Oklahoma: 2011
Penn State: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1994, 2001
Providence: 1992
Utah States: 2017, 2018
Villanova: 1975, 1976, 1978, 1991, 1993, 1996, 2006, 2007, 2012
Virginia: 2010
West Virginia: 1985, 1988
William and Mary: 2002
Wisconsin: 1983, 2008
Yale: 1989

Women’s
Air Force: 1988
Columbia: 2005
Cornell: 1998, 2012
George Town: 1989, 1990, 1999, 2003, 2010, 2013
Guelph: 2014, 2015
North Carolina States: 1997
Northern Arizona: 2021
Oregon: 1983
Penn State: 1981, 1982, 1986, 1996, 2001, 2002
Princeton: 2006, 2007
Providence: 1994, 1995, 2011
Tennessee: 2004
Toronto: 1985
Utah State: 2017
Villanova: 1984, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000
West Virginia: 2008, 2009
Yale: 2016, 2018

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