BETHLEHEM, Pa.-The Coast Guard men's cross country team had an outstanding showing at the 2013 Paul Short Invitational, hosted by Lehigh University.
The Bears placed seventh out of 46 teams in the Brown Division, scoring 293 points. Their seventh place finish was good enough to establish Coast Guard as the second Division III program in the Brown Division, bettered only by St. Lawrence (30th National, 4th Atlantic).
Despite unseasonably hot and humid weather, senior Gary Ezzo was the top finisher for the Bears placing 19th overall in a field of 372 runners. Ezzo traversed the 8K among Division I, II, and III competition running a time of 25:51 and finishing 3rd among Division III athletes. Freshman teammate Zach Velasquez posted a career-best 8K time of 26:00 as the second finisher for the Bears and placing 26th overall.
The next runner in scoring position for Coast Guard was junior Jonathan Lash running 26:37 and placing 62nd. Classmates Nick Foster and Stephen Horvath crossed the finish line in 26:58 and 26:59, respectively, to round out the Bears scoring runners.
Princeton took the race with 94 points with the University at Albany in second with 133 points, Monmouth (3rd, 158), Canisius (4th, 170), St. Lawrence (5th, 215), Franklin Pierce (6th, 218), and Coast Guard had 293 points.
Coast Guard returns to action on Saturday, October 12th when they travel to Westfield State for the James Earley Invitational.