Men’s Cross Country at Paul Short Run
The Black Knights had another top-10 finish at the annual Paul Short Run. Army finished ahead of rival Navy, as well as programs like La Salle, William and Mary, and Binghamton who are ranked in their regional polls.
The Black Knights, who soared up the regional rankings to seventh this week, had a score of 298 with a total time of 2:02.13 (24:27 avg). Mitchell Burr led Army with a personal-record time of 24:19.5 to place in 50th. Marshall Beatty, the reigning Patriot League Male Runner of the Week, was second on the team with a time of 24:23.8. Robert Chappell (24:25.2) and Thomas Vo (24:26.9) followed with personal record times.
“We ran a great team race today. We didn't have all of our guys perform at their best, but just enough of them ran to their potential for us to finish as well as we did. We beat some quality opponents. Going into the meet, I felt that a top 5 finish would be extraordinary and a top 10 finish would be a strong performance. The top 5 teams today were all ranked teams and in a 40-team field, there are always a few unknown teams that can sneak in and shake things up. We got out well into the race and our pack stuck together deep into the race. We finished with an 18-second spread from our number 1 to our number 5 which is probably the best spread we have had in a number of years. That kind of discipline can make a big difference in the team score of a meet with 300-400 runners.” Read more.