BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Sophomore Eric Bartlett (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) finished 68th to lead The University of Scranton men's cross country team to a 17th-place finish at the Paul Short Invitational on Friday afternoon at Lehigh University.
Competing in the White Race, Bartlett and the Royals finished with a total of 405 points. Southern Connecticut State took the team title with 134 points, edging Swarthmore, which finished at 150.
Bartlett covered the 8,000-meter course in 27:21, just 13 seconds off his career-best time at that distance. It also marked the second time this season he led the team, having also come across the line as the first Royal in the Ron Stonitsch Invitational on Sept. 9 at Vassar College.
Freshman Zachary Mead (Montrose, Pa./Montrose) was next across the line for Scranton, finishing 77th in 27:27, 1:45 faster than his 8,000-meter time from two weeks earlier at the Cougar Classic at Misericordia.
Senior Schuyler Smith (Towanda, Pa./Towanda) was third across the line for the Royals, finishing 79th in 27:28. It was a new career best at 8,000 meters for Smith, edging his previous best by nine seconds.
Freshman Jack Patwell (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) finished 89th in 27:35, besting his 8,000-meter time from the Cougar Classic by 2:01. And senior Nicholas Peragine (Brooklyn, N.Y./Xavier) rounded out the team's top five by finishing 99th in 27:45.
The men's cross country team will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 14, when the Royals compete in the Inter-Regional Border Battle at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. at 11:45 a.m.