Bethlehem, PA-The Brown University's men's cross country team traveled to Lehigh University for the Paul Short Invitational on Friday. They raced in a competitive field and placed 14th overall, finishing behind 13th place Harvard University and just in front of Boston College (15th).
"We had hoped to accomplish more today, but we simply didn't get the job done as a team," said Interim Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Tim Springfield. " We didn't have a tight pack today, and if that happens we won't be successful. I know we're capable of putting our pack around Conor, and if we can do that, we'll be successful moving forward." The Bears will have their next opportunity to race October 6th at the New England Championship meet at Franklin Park."
Senior Conor Grogan (Hudson, MA) led the squad across the 8-kilometer course and finished in 47th place with a time of 24:55.
"It was great to see Conor Grogan leading the team," added Springfield. " He ran a very good race, and he's getting stronger every week. That was his first performance as our number one runner, and I can't say enough about how he competed today."
Filling out the scorers for the day was junior Brendan Boyle (Mansfield, MA) running 25:46, good for 135th. Senior Erik Berg (Seattle, WA) followed closely in 25:51 (148th). Freshman Jerry Melnyk (Little Rock, AR), sophomore Jordan Mann (St. Louis, MO), and freshman Ned Willig (Phoenixville, PA) rounded out the men's squad.