Cyclones Pack Scorers; Finish 5th At Paul Short
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Iowa State men’s cross country team finished fifth today at the Lehigh Paul Short Run behind strong performances from senior Mohamed Hrezi and junior Martin Coolidge. The highly touted event featured several ranked teams from both Division I and Division II, producing a 47 team field.
Hrezi was the first Cyclone to cross the line at 22nd and finished the 8 kilometer race in 24:32. Coolidge matched Hrezi stride for stride and finished right on the senior’s heels at 26th in 23:34. The two led the Cyclone charge, averaging 4:57 per mile.
Iowa State director of track and field and cross country Martin Smith was encouraged by the Cyclones’ performance today.
“I thought for our first race it was a solid effort,” Smith said. “The race certainly brought areas into focus that we'll need to concentrate and work on in order to improve throughout the season. We learned a lot today and we’re excited to get back to work and build on today's race.”
Iowa State’s strategy going into the race was to pack up, run as a team and move up over the second half. The final times illustrate the squad’s execution. The team’s spread was only 25 seconds across scoring runners. Only Duquesne (16th) ran a tighter spread among scorers at 22 seconds.
No. 15 Indiana finished first in the team competition, placing four runners in the top 25. Harvard’s James Leakos ran to the individual title in 23:13.
Next Time Out
The Cyclones will return to the course Oct. 19th, when both the men’s and women’s squads travel to Madison, Wis. to compete in the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational.
1. Indiana 90 pts
2. Dartmouth 106 pts
3. Georgetown 110 pts
4. Harvard 167 pts
5. Iowa State 188 pts