MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY EXCEED EXPECTATIONS AT THE PAUL SHORT RUN
By Isabella Custodi, Contributor
Canisius men and women’s cross country placed 33rd at the Paul Short Run at the Goodman Campus Cross Country Course in Bethlehem, PA, on Sept. 30. Head coach Tyler Scheving expected both teams to finish in the high 30s or 40s, since it was the program's first return to the gold division race in several years. Both teams earned their place in the top 30s, outperforming coach Scheving’s expectations. Graduate students Olivia Moran and Tom Appenheimer both placed in the top 30, boosting the overall rank of the Griffs. “Tom’s been absolutely ripping it all year and came off his victory at the Jasper Invite last week,” said Scheving. Appenheimer placed 30th in the 8k gold division race with a time of 24:34.7.
Yale won first place in the men’s portion at the Paul Short Run with a total of 101 points. Olivia Moran not only placed 28th in the gold division 6k race but also beat her personal best from a year ago with a time of 21:03, topping last year’s 22:50. “Olivia has been continuing her reign of terror. Last year was her really big breakout year. … Seeing her finish 28th in a field of some incredible runners and being the fastest person from the MAAC that performed on Saturday, it really shows that she is a big player in this conference,” said Scheving. With 77 points, Utah Valley took first place in the women’s portion of the race. Next up for the Golden Griffins is the Canisius Alumni Classic, hosted at Delaware Park on Saturday, Oct. 14.