Paul Short Run Next Up For Men's Cross Country on Friday
Senior captain James Pearson
Sept. 29, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's cross country team will compete in the 38th annual Brooks-Paul Short Run this Friday in Bethlehem, Pa. This Friday's meet will mark the fifth consecutive week of competition for the Mids.
About the Brooks-Paul Short Run
Navy will be one of 45 teams competing in the Gold Race at 11 a.m. on Friday at Lehigh University. The always-stout field at the Paul Short Run is no different this year as there are a total of seven nationally-ranked teams and 29 teams that are currently ranked in the top 15 in one of the nine United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional polls.
The seven schools that are ranked in the latest USTFCCCA national coaches' poll competing in the Paul Short Run on Friday include: No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 12 Princeton, No. 15 Syracuse, No. 17 Providence, No. 18 Villanova, No. 19 Virginia and No. 22 Georgetown.
The Paul Short Run will serve as a preview of the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional meet, as 13 of the 15 teams from the region will be competing on Friday. In addition to No. 5 Navy, those schools ranked in the most recent Mid-Atlantic region top-15 poll competing on Friday include: No. 1 Princeton, No. 2 Villanova, No. 3 Georgetown, No. 6 LaSalle, No. 7 American, No. 8 Duquesne, No. 9 St. Joseph's, No. 10 Penn, No. 11 Lehigh, No. 12 Maryland, No. 13 UMBC and No. 14 Temple.
Rome Earns Third Consecutive Runner of the Week Honor
Senior Cody Rome was named Patriot League Runner of the Week for the third consecutive week, it was announced by the conference on Monday. Last weekend at the Roy Griak Invitational, which included 220 runners and three teams ranked in the top 30 in the nation, Rome placed 16th with a time of 24:33.
Rome is now the seventh runner in Patriot League history to garner three career Runner of the Week on honors. The last conference athlete to be named Runner of the Week in three consecutive weeks was former Midshipman Andrew Hanko, who won the award four straight times last season.
Cody Rome has been Navy's top finisher in all three meets in which he has competed this season.
The Last Time Out
Navy placed 12th out of 24 teams at the 26th annual Roy Griak Invitational last Saturday in Falcon Heights, Minn. Competing with teams from several different regions, including three nationally-ranked programs, Navy finished 12th with 290 points, which was eight ahead of 13th-place Long Beach State.
Navy and the USTFCCCA Rankings
The USTFCCCA released its third weekly regional rankings of the season on Monday and Navy remained fifth in the Mid-Atlantic region. The top-four teams in the region - Princeton, Villanova, Georgetown and Penn State - remained unchanged in spots 1-4, respectively.
Navy is the highest ranked Patriot League team in any region.
Navy will have next weekend off before returning to action on Oct. 14 when it meets Army in the annual Star Meet in West Point.