Men’s Cross Country Competes at Paul Short Invite

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Mark McGurrin (Manlius, N.Y.) placed 66th overall to lead the Brown University men's cross country team as the Bears took part in the Paul Short Invitational Saturday on the campus of Lehigh University.

"Like every team, we were impacted a little by the heat. We ran a little bit more of a conservative strategy, and I thought the guys did a good job executing," said head coach Tim Springfield. "We did have a few casualties, but every other team also did. I thought Ben Halpin did a very nice job stepping up as our fifth runner when other teammates struggled. And Mark McGurrin continued to lead the team with steady racing."

McGurrin placed 66th overall out of 394 runners as he completed the 8-kilometer course in a time of 25:04. Seniors Colin Savage (Liverpool, N.Y.) was the second finisher for the Bears, placing 103rd in a time of 25:25, while fellow senior Jeff Bush (Westborough, Mass.) and rookie Stephen Bourquet (Manhasset, N.Y.) placed 133rd and 138th, respectively, in times of 25:40 and 25:42. 

Junior Ben Halpin (Danvers, Mass.) turned in a 161st-place finish with a time of 25:50 to round out the Brown scorers. Will Sheeran (Bellevue, Wash.) was next up at 26:35, followed by sophomore Jerry Melnyk (Little Rock, Ark.) in a time of 26:55.

The Bears return to action on Friday, Oct. 18 when they host the Rothenberg Run at Goddard State Park.