The Georgetown cross country team is consistently one of the best in the nation, and continued to prove it with first and fifth place finishes at the Paul Short Invitational, held last Saturday at Lehigh University in Lehigh, Pa.

Junior Fleet Hower led the defending champions, finishing in eighth place among a field of over 250 runners. Junior Chris Lukezic was right on his heels in ninth place. Hower and Lukezic finished with respective times of 24:14.85 and 24:15.31 for the eight-kilometer course.

Senior Chris Esselborn finished 18th with a time of 24:33.6 and freshman Daniel Nunn and sophomore Brian Dalpiaz finished 33rd and 35th, respectively, with times of 24:55.76 and 24:59.92.

Freshman Michael Banks and senior Tommy Manning completed the Hoyas’ squad of seven runners, finishing the race in 71st and 80th places with times of 25:24.32 and 25:32.60.

“For the team, it’s about polishing our racing strategy . and for the frosh, it is mainly about having them learn how to race and train [at the collegiate level],” Coach Pat Henner said. “Dan Nunn is one freshman that is looking extremely well, and he could potentially help us out in the big meets later this season.”

The Hoyas scored a total of 103 points to capture the win, leading a Villanova team that scored 108 points. Auburn and La Salle University finished in third and fourth places with point totals of 129 and 138, respectively.

“I was really pleased with their performance,” Henner said of the Georgetown men’s team. “At this early point in the season, the focus is on team running and executing the race plan. They went out relaxed and finished strongly on Saturday.”

On the women’s side, the No. 26 Hoyas captured fifth place in the team standings. Senior Nicole Lee led the team with a fourth place finish in a race that featured over 240 runners. Freshman aggie Infeld crossed the finish line next for the Hoyas, coming in in 17th place. Lee and Infeld ran respective times of 25:24.32 and 21:27.01 for the six-kilometer race.

Junior Erin Henry, freshman Melissa Greilli and junior Sabine Knothe rounded out the Hoya scoring pack. They came through the line in 36th, 45th and 54th places, respectively, with times of 21:56.40, 22:04.95 and 22:11.85.

The next Hoyas to cross the line were senior Kelly Otstott and sophomore Nana Hanson-Hall. They finished the race in 76th and 127th place respectively with times of 22:39.95 and 23:27.21.

Tennessee finished ahead of the Georgetown women with 53 points, leading Villanova, Columbia and William & Mary. Georgetown’s 156 points was enough for fifth place.

Tomorrow the Hoya women will compete in the Cowboy Jamboree at Oklahoma State University. The men will have the weekend off before heading with the women’s team to the Pre-NCAA Meet at Indiana State University on October 16.

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