Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Paul Short Looming -- Will Villanova Send "A" Squads?
This year's Paul Short Run (8K for the men, 6K for the women) is one of the first high profile meets of the cross country season. Race assigments have placed both the Villanova men and women in the Gold races, stacked with regional and national competitiors. On the men's side, #18 Villanova will have to contend with #4 Oklahoma, #12 Princeton, #15 Syracuse, #17 Providence, #19 Virginia, #22 Georgetown, #32 Dartmouth, and #39 Columbia. On the women's side, the #5 ranked Villanova women will face #1 Georgetown, #3 Providence, #9 Duke, #12 Syracuse, #16 Virginia, and #33 Dartmouth. Over the years, coaches O'Sullivan and Procaccio have taken varying approaches to this race, sometimes running their "A" squads, while at other times holding out their top runners. Both coaches have declared full squads for the race, so time will tell if we'll see Villanova's top men and women compete.