Levine Leads Men's Cross Country at Paul Short Run
BETHLEHEM, PA- The Johns Hopkins men's cross country team finished 20th in the top race at the Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh University on Friday. Hopkins was led by Louis Levine, who crossed the finish line in 25:16 to help JHU finish second among Division III squads at the event.
"Our men ran very tough, it was a big step in the right direction for the rest of the season," said Head Coach Bobby Van Allen. "We still have to work on packing up better and feeding off one another to close the one through five spread."
Levine finished 75th of 278 participants in the 8,000m event. Ryan Schwartz crossed the finish line 14 seconds after Levine to also place within the top 100 runners. Following Schwartz for the Blue Jays was Ollie Hickson (25.33) and Akshay Alaghatta (25:52), while Billy Scola rounded out the Hopkins' top five in 26:04.
"Billy stepped up big for us today," added Van Allen. "He came out with the best race of his career when we needed it the most."
Patrick Tiernan of Villanova took home top individual honors, finishing in 23:55. Georgetown, ranked 14th in Division I won the race and was followed #7 Villanova. Fifth-ranked Williams was the only Division III squad to finish ahead of the Blue Jays. JHU completed the race with 552 points, 77 more than Middlebury, the third Division III team in the field.
"Now we are going to put in the hardest work of the season these next three weeks in preparation for the championship season," concluded Van Allen.
The Blue Jays will be back in action next weekend when they head south to Florida to compete in the Disney Classic, which can be watched live on ESPN3.com.