MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Following a three-week break from competition, the No. 29 West Virginia University cross country team returns to action this Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa.
The course, located at Lehigh University, is one the Mountaineers saw in their first meet of the season, while posting a fourth-place finish at the Lehigh Invitational. It is also the site for the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in November.
“This race looks to be a very good test for the entire East Coast,” says coach Sean Cleary. “Our group will have everything that they are looking for to determine exactly where we are with our conditioning.”
WVU moved up one spot to No. 29 in this week’s USTFCCCA National Poll, while also holding strong with a No. 5 ranking in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
The Mountaineers recorded an eighth-place finish at the Penn State University Spiked Shoe Invitational in their most recent competition on Sept. 13. Sophomore runner Paige Szabat
crossed the finish line first for Cleary’s squad in each of the first two meets this season.
“I am very interested to see where we are in this the first week of October, compared to past years,” Cleary says. “We will be running most of the group and should have a clear picture of where we stand on the national scene.”
The Paul Short Run gets underway at 10 a.m., on Saturday.