Bethlehem, PA- The Brown University men's and women's cross country team competed at the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh this morning. The women's team turned in a strong 12th place performance with 389 points in the 41-team field "Gold" division, while the men finished 23rd overall with 640 points in a 42-team field in the "Gold" division.
Freshmen Margaret Connelly and Heidi Caldwell led the Brown women's cross country team this morning earning the top two finishes on the squad. Connelly led the pack with a time of 21:21 for 36th place on the 6k course, while Caldwell followed close behind with a 21:41.
"It was a shock to our women to be in such a large race, but it was great experience for all of them," said Head Women's Cross Country Coach Jill Mikker. "I was happy with our position off the line, but we lost focus in the middle of the race and lost our competitive edge. We come away with lessons to learn and several things to work on leading up to our league championships and the NCAA Regional Meet."
Sophomore Elaine Kuckertz came in at 21:55 and freshman Kate DeSimone and junior Rosie Fleming both crossed the finish line at 22:13. Also contributing to the Bears' effort was senior Kesley Ramsey with a time of 22:15, and senior Megan Fitzpatrick with a 22:43.
On the men's side, junior Matt Duffy once again turned in a solid performance for the Bears, running the 8k course in 25:02 for a 67th place finish. Senior Brian Schilder came in just six seconds later with a 25:08, and sophomore Austin Snyder finished with a 25:17. Junior Dan Lowry ran the course in 25:40, while juniors Nathan Chellman (25:57), Anthony Schurz (25:59) and Scott Friedlander (26:00) followed behind to round out the finishers for the Brown team.
"I know the men were not satisfield with the outcome today ... we let some opportunities get away from us," said Men's Cross Country Coach Tim Springfield. "We had established good positions up front, but didn't follow through as well as we could have. It was my first time seeing the team run, and I saw a lot we can build on going forward."
The Bears will now get ready for the New England Championships on Saturday, Oct. 9.