The Binghamton cross country teams battled uncomfortable temperatures of about 84 degrees on Saturday at the Lehigh Paul Short Run, and neither team cracked the top 25.
The men’s team came in 26th out of 47 teams in the gold race, while Indiana University took first place. The women’s team’s 34th was out of 45 teams in the brown race with Holy Cross finishing first.
“It was a really rough day because of the heat,” BU head coach Annette Acuff said. “The performances are really hard to evaluate because of the conditions. We had some kids that ran okay, and some that didn’t handle the heat very well.”
In the men’s race, senior Vasili Papastrat finished first for the Bearcats with a final time of 25:18, placing 84th overall in the 8,000-meter race. Junior Matt Johnson finished second for Binghamton and 132nd overall with a time of 25:40, while senior Jason Santos rounded out the Bearcats’ top-three with a time of 25:43, good for 145th overall.
Harvard senior James Leakos took first overall with a winning time of 23:13.
For the women, freshman Alana MacDonald led the Bearcats, clocking a time of 24:13 and finishing 145th overall in the 6,000-meter race. Sophomore Lizzie Greiner finished 172nd with a time of 24:30, and freshman Eileen O’Hara followed in 196th with a time of 25:03.
Senior Jessica Scordino of Mansfield University earned first with a time of 21:13.
“It was an unfortunate day … under good conditions both teams have been doing pretty well,” Acuff said.
The teams will split up for their next action. The men’s team is set to travel to New Jersey on Oct. 19 for the Princeton Invitational, while the women are scheduled for the Central Connecticut State Mini-Meet on Oct. 25.
The upcoming competitions will serve as the last tuneups before the America East championships, which will be hosted by BU on Nov. 2.