NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's cross country team will be heading to Bethlehem, Pa., this Saturday to compete at the 45th annual Paul Short Invitational, hosted by Lehigh. This will be the second meet of the season for the majority of the Bulldogs. The Paul Short Run has historically been the largest collegiate cross country race in the country, with about 6,000 athletes set to compete this weekend from hundreds of teams. The participating teams have been seeded into heats and the Bulldogs were assigned to the Gold Race – the most competitive of the collegiate sections, and set to begin at 11:00 a.m.
Against Harvard, the Bulldogs were led by underclassmen, who will face their first serious challenge this weekend against the country's best. Cade Brown, Will Laird, Robert Miranda, Brendan Murray and Patrick Perry comprised Yale's top five against Harvard, and are all going to be chasing high finishes at this weekend's meet. These athletes proved earlier this season that they can work effectively as a pack, which will work to the Bulldogs' advantage at Paul Short due to the high number of athletes competing.
Upperclassmen Jonathan Lomogda, Armstrong Noonan, Trevor Reinhart and Allen Siegler are hanging onto high expectations from the preseason, and are geared-up for competition following solid finishes from Harvard-Yale. Expect to see their names toward the top of the results sheet this weekend. Joining them will be Neil Braganza, Charlie Gardner, Evan Pattinelli, Harrison Smith and Cameron Wyman, who will likely be racing as a pack and working together for the majority of the race this weekend, after comprising much of the Bulldogs' core effort against Harvard.
Austin Stoner, Kohl Swift and Alexander Whittaker will take on the 8,000m course together as the middle distance group – they have a bit more speed than longer distance runners, but less experience over long races. Nevertheless, it would be to no one's surprise if any of these athletes have a break-out showing this weekend.
The men's Gold Race will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, with results to be posted here following its conclusion. A recap will be provided, along with results to be posted on yalebulldogs.com.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity