Grainger Today Correspondent
BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – Zach Long continued to improve his time in the 8K (five mile) event last Friday when he took almost 50 seconds off his personal best. Long participated in the Paul Short Run, which was held at the Lehigh University Goodman Campus cross-country course in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
In the meet, which featured 359 runners representing 42 teams, Long completed the course in 23:50 to take 10th place in the individual competition and propel the University of Tennessee to a 16th place finish in the team competition.
The Paul Short Run, one of the most prestigious in the country, featured teams from four of the five power conference teams, as well as the Mountain West Conference.
Five of the top 15 teams, as well as the defending national champion in Division II and five of the top teams in Division III, were represented. These included Southeastern Conference teams, Georgia and Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, and Syracuse from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Also participating were Arizona State and Utah State from the Pacific 12 Conference, as well as Rutgers from the Big Ten conference and Iona, Columbia and Georgetown.
Next for Long will be the pre-national cross-country meet that will be held at the Tom Sawyer State Park cross-country course in Louisville, Kentucky Saturday, October 14. The top individual runners and teams will then advance to the NCAA national championships, where Long was named a second team all-American in last year’s competition.