The Nebraska Wesleyan men’s cross country team had a great performance at the 38th Annual Lehigh University Paul Short Run on Friday (Sept. 30) in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The men placed third in the college brown race out of 46 teams. The NWU women were 10th among 44 teams.
More than 5,000 runners from 450 colleges and high schools compete in the event in different divisions.
The NWU men had 294 team points to finish second in the college men’s brown race. NWU was behind two NCAA Division I teams Iona College (125 pts) and Binghamton (204 pts). Four Prairie Wolves were in the top 65 individually out of 382 runners in the race.
Senior Mike Rathje led the Prairie Wolves by placing 23rd overall running the 8K course in a time of 26:12. Fellow senior Ben Paben was just seconds behind running a time of 26:18 to finish 31st. Parker Schoen placed 55th (26:37) while Cole Marolf finished 63rd (26:45).
For the Prairie Wolves women two runners were among the top 30 individuals helping NWU score 361 points and finish 10th in the team race. Hannah Kinberg was the highest NWU runner on the day as she placed 14th overall in a time of 22:26 on the 6K course. Teammate Hayley Sutter was 26th with a time of 22:53. The other NWU women’s runner to place in the top 100 was Ali Tewes at 65th in a time of 23:29.