The men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. over the weekend. The men finished in 14th place out of 39 teams, while the women placed 12th out of 43 in the invitational.
Senior Paul Jeulis was the first Roadrunner to cross the line in the 8K for the men’s team, finishing the race at 25:14, good for 17th place overall.
“He is an outstanding competitor; very consistent and a senior leader,” said head coach Justin Cassavell.
Freshman Matt Tuohy clocked in at 25:20, being the second Roadrunner to finish the race and finished in 29th overall, something that Cassavell said he was very happy about coming from a rookie.
Jeremy Hernandez finished the race in 26:10. Cassavell said Hernandez has been trying to adjust from being a track runner to a cross-country runner.
“One mile is completely different from five miles,” said Cassavell. “He’s doing an outstanding job, and I think he can improve a lot.”
Hernandez holds the school record for the mile, clocking in at 4:09.22 last year during the indoor track season..
As for the women, much of their success has come from their young runners, as well as senior Emily Brock.
Brock ran the 6K finishing in 31st overall and was the first Roadrunner to complete the race, with a time of 23:38. Sophomore Paris Hughes placed 41st overall with a time of 23:55.
“They’ve been doing a great job,” said Cassavell. “We have Emily [Croonquist] who is a freshman, and Paris who is a sophomore. I feel confident that they will be fine; next year they will be great leaders for us.”
Croonquist ran the race in 23:57 for 45th place overall; she was the third Roadrunner to complete the race.
The Roadrunners have one more meet before the NJAC Championships.
“This upcoming meet at Rowan will tell us where we’re at, and then the runners will hone in on what they need to do in order to win,” said Cassavell. “They do a lot of training, so we’ll tone it down so everyone can peak. We’re excited.”