BETHLEHEM, PA – The University at Buffalo cross country teams competed Saturday at the 41st Annual Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh. Facing several regionally- and nationally-ranked teams, the Bulls' men's team placed 7th out of 42 teams in the Gold race. The women's team, which is ranked 14th in the Northeast Region in the latest USTFCCCA poll, finished 24th out of 38 teams.
All five of UB's scoring runners placed in the top 70. Junior Cameron Bruce paced the Bulls on the 8-kilometer course placing 31st out of 359 runners with a career-best time of 24:30. Sophomore Barrett Kemp and junior Brian Crimmins shared a time of 24:51 with Kemp placing 54th and Crimmins 58th. Sophomore Alec Peinkofer and freshman Andrew Berge clocked times of 24:53 and 24:56, respectively, earning finishes of 64th and 68th. Sophomore Pier Berkmans and junior Derek Palafox rounded out the Bulls' top seven performances. Berkmans crossed the finish line of the muddy course in 25:37 and Palafox did so in 25:46.
The women's squad was led on the 6K course by sophomore Corinne Birchard. She placed 82nd out of 329 finishers with a time of 21:30. Classmate Melinda Wheeler followed in 113th with a time of 21:48 and senior Chrissy Clarkin clocked in at 21:56 good for 124th overall. Sophomores Meagan Hopkins and Bailey Kemp ran 154th and 168th, respectively, with times of 22:08 and 22:15. Senior Gabby Leo and rookie Morgan Mahoney finished sixth and seventh for the Bulls in 22:24 and 22:33. Leo placed 192nd and Mahoney 209th.
UB also had competitors race in the women's open 6K and the men's open 8K.
The Bulls return to action on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Princeton Invitational.