Women’s Cross Country Heads to Pennsylvania for Paul Short Run
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Following a week off from competition, the Navy women’s cross country team will challenge itself at the 2017 Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa. Racing at Lehigh’s Goodman Campus Cross Country Course on Friday morning, the Mids will be one of 42 teams competing in the 11:45 a.m. 6k Gold Race.
The field for the 2017 Gold Race is set to consist of three USTFCCCA top-30 nationally-ranked programs and six teams from the Mid-Atlantic top-15. The nation’s No. 15 team, the Villanova Wildcats lead the list of talented squads set to appear on Friday. No. 21 Utah State and No. 24 Mississippi State will give the field a true national feel, while regionally-ranked (6) Princeton, (9) Lehigh, (13) Maryland and (14) La Salle will be racing against the Mids, who come into the meet ranked 11th (Villanova is also ranked second in the region).
Other noted national teams to race versus the Mids in the Gold Race, include the ACC’s Duke, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, the Big 10’s Rutgers and the SEC’s Georgia and Tennessee.
Last year, Navy competed at the Paul Short and placed 23rd of 42 schools. Current sophomore Karla Mendoza led the Mids’ effort with an 85th-place finish of 22:34. Gabrielle Perrin and Kara Kakascik will also return this Friday after competing in the 2016 race. The duo recorded times of 22:46 and 23:07, respectively.
Besides testing itself versus a deep and talented field, Friday will also serve as a course preview for the Mids as they will return to the Goodman Campus Course for the Patriot League (Oct. 28) and NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals (Nov. 11) later in the season.