The St. Lawrence University men's cross country team, ranked eighth in the national polls, posted an impressive 22nd place finish at the multi-divisional 2010 Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, PA on Friday. The Saints were the second Division III school overall, finishing only four points ahead of No. 3 Allegheny while defeating nationally-ranked No. 4 Haverford by nearly 40 points.
A total of 42 teams and 387 athletes competed in the gold race at the Paul Short Invitational, with St. Lawrence defeating several prominent Division I schools including Brown University, Iona College, and the University of Pittsburgh.
Senior co-captain Dan Ramsey led the way with a 56th place finish overall in 24:56 on the 8k course. The Essex Junction, VT native was followed by junior John Johnston (92nd) in 25:09 and senior Jeremy Mwenda (101st) in 25:12.
Rounding out the scoring for St. Lawrence were junior Seth Jackson, who finished in 25:42 for 176th place overall, and senior co-captain Chris Funch, who closed out the team's scoring at 619 points behind a 194th place showing (25:56).
Sophomore Sam Rakoc (212th, 26:01) and first-year student Steve Petramale (255th, 26:24) were the sixth and seventh finishes for the Saints, respectively, while junior Alex Calderwood (332nd) and senior Ian Schofield (336th) rounded out the team's roster on Friday.
The University of Virginia won the men's race with 132 points, followed by Georgetown, College of William and Mary and Dartmouth. Sam Chelanga of Liberty University won the individual title with a time of 23:34, 15 seconds ahead of Virginia's Emil Heineking.
The Saints will return to Canton, NY and prepare to host the annual Ronald C. Hoffmann Invitational next Saturday, October 9. The men's race is slated to begin at 12:00pm.