BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Yale men's cross country team competed this morning at the Paul Short Invitational, hosted by Lehigh at the Goodman Campus Cross Country Course in Bethlehem, Pa. The Bulldogs competed in two separate sections: the gold race and the open race. In the highly competitive gold race, the Bulldogs placed eighth of 41 teams with an average time of 25:22. In the open race, the Bulldogs finished sixth of 33 teams, averaging 26:25 for the 8,000m course.
Cade Brown, in just his second 8,000m race as a Bulldog, led the team with his 34th place finish – of 360 total runners – stopping the clock at 25:04, an impressive personal record. Not far behind Brown were Allen Siegler and Robert Miranda in 43rd and 48th, respectively, finishing seconds apart at 25:13 and 25:15. Miranda's time of 25:15 is over a two-minute personal record from his first race as an Eli. Jonathan Lomogda, Armstrong Noonan and Patrick Perry rounded out the top five for the Bulldogs, finishing 88th, 103rd and 145th with times of 25:34, 25:40 and 25:57, respectively. Today's scorers were solid for the Yale squad, and they should have decent footing now for the remainder of the season with a full 8,000m race under their belts. Also competing in the gold race were Charlie Gardner, Harrison Smith and Brendan Murray placing 216th, 217th and 262nd, respectively. Smith's time of 26:23 and Murray's time of 26:46 are new personal records for the two first-years.
Neil Braganza led the Bulldogs in the open race, finishing 14th with a time of 25:58. Following Braganza in 17th was Evan Pattinelli with a new personal record of 26:04, and Cameron Wyman in 39th with a time of 26:30. Finishing 48th, 65th, 67th and 91st were Hugh Sadler, Austin Stoner, Alex Whittaker and Kohl Swift, in that order.
The finishes from the gold and the open races were promising for the Bulldogs, as they competed well together and took down sizeable opponents. In the gold race, Yale beat the likes of Georgia, Buffalo, Connecticut and Ivy League powerhouse Penn.
The results from this morning's meet can be found here. The Bulldogs will next see action on October 13 at the Pre-National Invitational in Madison, Wis.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity