GW Cross Country Returns to Action at Paul Short Invitational
Well-Rested Colonials Set to Compete Against Deep Fields on Saturday
LEADING OFF: George Washington's men's and women's cross country teams will return to action at Saturday's Paul Short Invitational on the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
The men's 8,000-meter race is slated to begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by the women's 6,000-meter installment at approximately 11:45 a.m.
THE FIELD: Both the men's and women's fields are deep and talented with a total of six teams that are ranked in the latest NCAA Division I Cross Country National Poll. Georgetown (8th), Iona (16th), Columbia (25th) and Pennsylvania (26th) are ranked on the men's side while Georgetown (19th) and Pennsylvania (22nd) are in the top-30 on the women's side.
Additionally, the field also includes eight men's teams that are ranked in the latest USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Regional Poll (Georgetown, Pennsylvania, Navy, Lehigh, Saint Joseph's, La Salle, Bucknell, Temple). Twelve women's teams are also ranked (Georgetown, Pennsylvania, Villanova, Princeton, West Virginia, Bucknell, La Salle, Maryland, Navy, Rutgers, Saint Joseph's, Temple).
LAST TIME OUT: Junior Miranda DiBiasio won the 6,000-meter Salty Dog Invitational for the second year in a row on Sept. 10, at the United States Naval Academy. The Berea, Ohio, native dominated the field with a time of 22:42.04, a full 11 seconds ahead of the field and a nine-second improvement on her winning time from 2015. The women's team finished in fourth place out of six teams.
On the men's side, junior Ryan DePinto finished in ninth place overall to lead the Colonials to second place out of five teams in the 8,000-meter Navy Invitational. GW also got strong performances from senior Seamus Roddy (14th place), junior Charles Arnold (17th place) and sophomore Andrew Weber (18th place.)
WELL RESTED: When the Colonials toe the starting line on Saturday morning they will have fresh legs after being idle from competition for the past 20 days.
LAST TIME AT PAUL SHORT: The women's team finished in 13th place out of 35 teams at the 2015 Paul Short Invitational, with six Colonials setting new 6K personal records.
The men finished in 19th place out of 27 teams, led by then-senior Ryan Tucker's program-record performance. Tucker broke his own record by completing the course in 24:26 to place 15th overall out of 278 competitors.
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