Women’s Cross Country Post Strong Result at Paul Short Run
The Army West Point Women’s Cross Country Team put in a strong performance en route to a seventh place finish at the 47th Paul Short Run for the program's best finish since 1997. The Black Knights had a score of 302 with a total time of 1:45.49 (21:10 avg) to place in seventh, ahead of rival Navy. Army also finished ahead of George Washington, Boston University, and La Salle who all are ranked in their respective regional polls.
Georgia Jones, who was tabbed as this week's Patriot League Female Runner of the Week, set a program-best time at a 6K race with a time of 20:14.6 to place ninth out of 342 runners. Classmate Helen Shearer was close by with a personal record time of 20:28.5 which was good enough for 18th. Army was one of four schools to place two runners in the top-20 (Northern Arizona, Villanova, Georgetown).
This was probably the best women's team performance we have ever had at this meet. It is annually a crucible of competitive talent with some of the best teams in the country lining up to see where they stack up nationally. In each race, almost 400 people representing 40 teams to the starting line, and when the gun goes off it is a massive crush of people all running to their limit. For us to finish 7th in that field is as significant a team performance as I can remember. We normally hope to be in the top 20 so this is something pretty special. Read more.