The St. Thomas Aquinas College cross country competed at the 44th Annual Paul Short Invitational. The Paul Short Run is the largest intercollegiate cross country meet in the nation where approximately 6,000 athletes from nearly 450 colleges and high schools competed this year.
The men's team competed in the White Race with 33 colleges from Divisions I, II and III. Sophomore Robert Guidicipietro was the leader in the field fr the Spartans finishing in 8th place in 26:06. This is a collegiate best for Guidicipietro and almost fifty seconds better than last year's performance on the same course. Senior Vincent Vazquez was next in 27:39. Finishing 30 seconds faster than in the 2016 race, Kyle Kondracki was the third Spartan to cross the line in 28:28. Freshman Matthew Tinas completed the 8K course in 29:03. Senior Christian Diaz was the final scorer for the team crossing the line in 29:06. The men's team finished 21st overall.
Senior Kristen Borriello recorded another strong performance. In her first 6K since 2015, she finished in 8th place in 22:39. Sophomore Aida Torpey crossed the line in 23:36 which was good for 33rd place. Sophomore Rebecca MacLeod, the 3rd Spartan finisher clocked a time of 23:39, which is a personal best in the 6K by more than a minute. Senior Kara Santa Teresa finished in 24:19 followed by freshman Abagaile Kimbrell in 25:58. The team finished in 9th place out of 32 teams.
The Spartans will return to action next Saturday at the NJIT Highlander Challenge. The race will take place at Branch Brook Park in Newark, NJ.