September 28, 2012

Cross Country Runs Strong Race at Paul Short Invitational

EVENT: Paul Short Invitational (Bethlehem, Pa.)

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU Men's and Women's Cross Country teams ran strong races, against a very deep field, at the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa. The men finished in 29th place, while the women finished 40th.
  • Leading the men was senior Brenden Leavitt, who finished in 37th place. Leavitt, continued to improve his 8K time, and brought it down to a 24:48.
  • The men's team also received strong performances from sophomores Mohamed Adam, Samuel Hush, and senior Justin Kendall. Adam finished with a 25:49, while Hush and Kendall finished seconds apart at 26:28 and 26:35, respectively.
  • Junior Erin Geraghty paced the women's team finishing with a time of 24:06.
  • Freshmen Lindsey Bradshaw and Brianna Krumholz continued their string of good races, as well. Bradshaw finished with a 24:54, while Krumholz finished at 25:16.

RESULTS:
Men's Results
37th- Brenden Leavitt, 24:48
131st - Mohamed Adam, 25:49
205th- Sam Hush, 26:28
214th- Justin Kendall, 26:35
231st- Khalid Khamis, 26:52
247th- Alex Hinton, 27:27
249th- Matthew Earman, 27:31

Women's Results
244th- Erin Geraghty, 24:06
267th- Lindsey Bradshaw, 24:54
270th- Brianna Krumholz, 25:16
271st- Niema Eaves, 25:16
277th- Samantha Florimo, 26:59
278th- Kelsey Cox, 27:42

QUOTABLE:
The guys ran really well today, not only with their times, but how they approached the race. They ran smart and competed, especially in the last mile. I didn't see any of them get passed in the last straightaway. They started conservatively, didn't panic, and picked people off the entire time.
-Volunteer Assistant Coach Spencer Hawthorne on the men's race

"The girls ran well within a pack today, and stayed within reaching distance of each other. Even with this being a lot of their first 6ks, I think they showed confidence and grit in the last K of the race."
-Volunteer Assistant Coach Spencer Hawthorne on the women's race

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Both the men's and women's cross country teams return to action on Oct. 13 when they compete at the Christopher Newport Invite in Newport News, Va.

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