Men 21st, Women 25th At Paul Short
Meet: 44th Annual Paul Short Run
Location: Goodman Campus Cross Country Course in Bethlehem, Pa.
Distance: Men – 8K (Gold); Women 6K (Gold)
Team Scoring: Men – 21st (553 points); Women 25th (708 points)
Short Story: Facing the largest field they will see all season, the University at Albany men’s and women’s cross country teams finished 21st and 25th respectively at Lehigh University’s Paul Short Run. For the second consecutive week, Ryan Udvadia and Hannah Reinhardt paced the men and the women, with each setting new personal bests.
How it happened
- The men scored 553 points to claim 21st place out of 40 scoring teams
- Ryan Udvadia set a personal best for the second straight week, improving by 30 seconds to 24:12
- Udvadia’s performance is second best in school history by average mile pace
- Behind Udvadia, Kyle Gronostaj, Victor Ortiz Rivera, Charlie Ragone, and Jonathan Gay also ran personal bests
- The men’s scoring gap was 67 seconds
- The women ran their first 6K of the season
- The women scored 708 points to place 25th out of 42 scoring teams
- Hanna Reinhardt set a new personal best of 20:59, improving by more than two minutes and 20 seconds
- Reinhardt is the fourth woman in school history under 21:00
- Cara Sherman, Holly Machabee, Águeda Muñoz Marqués, and Colleen Maloney also ran personal bests
- The women’s scoring gap was 95 seconds
Competing for the second time in eight days, the University at Albany cross country program visited Lehigh University Friday for the 44th Annual Paul Short Run. The Run, which features the largest competitive field the Great Danes will see all season, included 40 men’s teams and 42 women’s teams, and was the first time this season the women ran a 6K.
Both the men and the women drew the highest-tier Gold race, which would be the first team competitions of the day. Beforehand, however, an open 8K for the men and 6K for the women would take to the course. UAlbany fielded only on student-athlete in either race, Tyler Ranke. Ranke finished 66th overall in open men’s race in 25:51.
The men’s Gold race started at 11:00 a.m. and featured 359 competitors. Ryan Udvadia, who set a two-second personal best in Boston last week, improved by a futher 30 seconds today to finish in 37th place with at time of 24:12. His time ranks second in program history by average mile pace, behind only Christopher Burke’s 2011 run at Tom E. Sawyer Park in Louisville in 2011.
Kyle Gronostaj crossed the line in 69th place with a seven-second personal best of 24:34. Victor Ortiz Rivera placed 90th with a personal best of 24:46. Jake Johnson placed 182nd in 25:20. And Charlie Ragone rounded out the men’s scorers with a personal best of 25:22 to place 190th.
The men’s tiebreakers were Calvin Butlak, who placed 241st in 25:38 and Jonathan Gay, who placed 245th in a personal-best 25:40. Also competing for UAlbany was Keith Machabee, who placed 248th in 25:41, TJ Murray, who placed 281st in 25:59, and Christopher Perillo, who placed 300th in 26:10.
Overall, the men scored 553 points to take 21st place in the team standings. The top five UAlbany finishers averaged 24:52 with a scoring gap of 68 seconds.
Utah State won the men’s team title with 119 points behind individual champion Dillon Maggard who finished in 23:27. Stony Brook placed 11th overall as a team with 364 points. Their fifth scorer finished three places behind UAlbany’s third, and just 20 seconds behind their first.
The women’s Gold race began at 11:45 a.m. featuring 368 competitors. Hannah Reinhardt paced the Great Dane women for the second consecutive week, finishing 68th overall in 20:59. Reinhardts time not only is a personal best by more than two minutes and 20 seconds, it is the fourth fastest time in program history. Reinhardt is also the fourth woman to finish under 21:00 in school history.
Cara Sherman finished 122nd in 21:29, a personal best of 30 seconds. Águeda Muñoz Marqués finished 134th in 21:31. It was her first 6K at UAlbany and her time already ranks eighth in program history. Holly Machabee placed 169th in 21:47, improving nearly two minutes on her previous best. The final scorer was Colleen Maloney, who finished 267th in 22:34, a personal best by nearly 40 seconds.
The women’s tiebreakers were Nira Lovick, who finished 290th in 22:51, and MacKenzie Pierie, who finished 337th in 23:44. Also competing for UAlbany was Kirsten Kaminski, who finished 363rd in 24:51, and Tiguida Toure, who finished 366th in 25:21.
Overall, the women scored 708 points to take 25th place in the team standings. The top five UAlbany finishers averaged 21:40 with a scoring gap of 95 seconds.
Utah State also won the women’s team title with 72 points, also behind the individual champion, Alyssa Snyder, who finished in 19:48. Utah State’s finished five in the top 23, six in the top 26, and seven in the top 34. Stony Brook edged UAlbany by 27 points, taking 22nd overall.
Next: UAlbany will return to its usual two-week training cycle before hosting the 51st Annual UAlbany XC Invitational on Saturday, October 14.