The Canisius College men's and women's cross country teams returned to the course at the 39th annual Brooks Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa on Friday afternoon. Competing in the Brown races, the Golden Griffin men scored a program-best finish of second overall among 33 teams, while the women placed 23rd out of 39.
Appearing in their eighth Brook Paul Short Run, the Golden Griffin men secured a second-place finish, setting the mark for the program's best-finish at the race. In the field of 33 teams, the Griffs scored 167 points with four of their top-five finishers placing in the top-50. Previously, the Griffs best finish came in 1992 with a tenth-place performance.
"This was a big step forward for our men's program, and the best part is that we didn't really do anything special performance-wise," said head coach Nate Huckle. "We simply executed our race strategy well and ran to our potential."
For the third consecutive race, sophomore Chad Maloy led the Griffs. Maloy recorded an individual-best of eighth overall with a time of 25:34 in the Brown race, the program's best individual-finish at the race. Maloy's dominant performance broke the Griffs' previous highest-finish by Tom Appenheimer in 1992 of 26th overall.
Once again, it was the freshmen Griffs that helped lead the Griffs to a strong performance. After Maloy, the next three spots in the Griffs' top-five finishers belonged to freshmen with Travis Jordon placing 28th (26:04), Cooper Roach taking 32nd (26:08), and Michael Anvelt coming in 43rd (26:18). Rounding out the Griffs' top-five was senior Alex Simon, who placed 56th in a time of 26:27.
"We had a race in which our freshmen and our upper-classmen all had strong days," said Huckle. "Chad got the job done up front, and our pack backed him up. Our time gap from one to five was less than a minute, which is outstanding. Travis jordan was the one who stepped up big for us today. That was his best race of the year and it proves again that our depth is our strength."
Making their seventh appearance at the Brooks Paul Short Run, the Golden Griffins women finished 23rd overall, placing ahead of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference members Niagara (31st) and Manhattan (35th).
Junior Mikelle Cala led the way for the Griffs for the third straight race of the season. Cala finished 33rd overall with a time of 22:53, tying a personal best mark set in 2010 at the course."Mikelle ran very well up front, hitting her personal best time for the course," said Huckle. "This was a personal triumph for her, as she barely completedlast year's race--nearly passing out before the finish line."
The Griffs' top-five finishers were junior Jamie Wallace in 70th (23:32), sophomore Morgan Atkins in 80th (23:39), freshman Mary Kate Chambers in 182nd (24:36), and sophomore Brandi Pettit in 232nd (25:13).
"Jaime and Morgan also ran well, which gave us a strong top-three," said Huckle. "We have girls that can step up for a solid fourth and fifth by the end of the season."
The Blue and Gold return
to the trails at the Fairfield Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 13. The
Griffs will make their first appearance at the race hosted by fellow
MAAC member Fairfield. The women's race will begin at 10:30 a.m.
followed by the men's race at 11:15 a.m.