Oct. 1, 2016
WASHINGTON - All-American Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) won the individual title in the men's gold race as the Georgetown University cross country program traveled to Bethlehem, Pa., for the 2016 Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh University on Saturday morning. The Georgetown men, ranked No. 8 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), finished second behind No. 16 Iona, while the No. 19 women placed second as well, trailing No. 29 Yale.
Georgetown Men's Cross Country: 2nd of 38; 115 points (1 / 20 / 26 / 27 / 41) [Paul Short Men's Gold 8K Race]
The men's team was led by Carpenter, who claimed the individual title for the Hoyas with a time of 23:37. Even with the low stick of Carpenter, the spread among the five point scorers was a mere 44 seconds, showcasing an excellent execution of a pack running strategy.
"I could not be more excited for Scott Carpenter," Head Men's Cross Country Coach Brandon Bonsey said. "He went out and beat some of the best guys in the country today and got the individual win. Team wise, the pieces are there to have a great team but Iona put together a great team and got the win. Christian Alvarado, Mike Lederhouse and Amos Bartelsmeyer were solid. If Jon Green and Michael Clevenger run where they are capable of running, we will be good. They are returning All-Americans so I'm confident they will figure it out. We will continue to get better as a team each week."
No. 16 Iona won the meet with 35 points, followed by No. 8 Georgetown (115), Adams State (142), No. 26 Penn (146), No. 25 Columbia (167), U.S. Naval Academy (184), Dartmouth (186), Utah State (211), Cornell (225) and Georgia (228) for the top 10.
Men's Individual Results: Pl. Name, Time (Points) [Paul Short Men's Gold 8K Race]
1. Scott Carpenter, 23:37 (1)
20. Christian Alvarado, 24:03 (20)
26. Michael Lederhouse, 24:11 (26)
27. Amos Bartelsmeyer, 24:12 (27)
41. Jonathan Green, 24:21 (41)
55. Michael Clevenger, 24:28 (only top five score points)
70. Michael Crozier, 24:36 (only top five score points)
Men's Individual Results: Pl. Name, Time [Paul Short Men's Open 8K Race]
3. Matthew Bouthillette, 24.31
5. Jack Van Scoter, 24:39
16. Charles Cooper, 25:03
31. Reilly Bloomer, 25:19
90. Henry Smithers, 25:59
Georgetown Women's Cross Country: 2nd of 45; 119 points (11 / 12 / 16 / 27 / 53) [Paul Short Women's Gold 6K Race]
The women, just like the men, used an excellent pack running strategy, with the five point scorers separated by just 30 seconds. Freshman Paige Hofstad (New Braunfels, Texas/New Braunfels) and junior Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant) were the leading times for the Hoyas, both clocking 20:24 over the 6-kilometer course.
"The women ran a strong team race and I feel good about our strength heading into October and November," Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Julie Culley said. "Today's times at Paul Short are some of the fastest in GU history. We still have a lot of work to do in closing the gap with our fifth runner, but we have the depth on this squad. We are looking forward to measuring ourselves against the nation's best at Wisconsin in a few weeks."
No. 29 Yale won the meet with 92 points, followed by No. 19 Georgetown (112), No. 22 Penn (127), West Virginia (127), Florida (175), Villanova (176), Adams State (218), Cornell (219), Dartmouth (249) and Utah State (275) for the top 10.
Women's Individual Results: Pl. Name, Time (Points) [Paul Short Women's Gold 6K Race]
11. Paige Hofstad, 20:24 (11)
12. Piper Donaghu, 20:24 (12)
16. Autumn Eastman, 20:29 (16)
27. Josette Norris, 20:40 (27)
53. Madeline Perez, 20:54 (52)
67. Sarah Cotton, 21:05 (only top five score points)
71. Kennedy Weisner, 21:07 (only top five score points)
The Hoyas return to action on Friday, October 14 at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, hosted by the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis.