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Northern Arizona wins 2021 Paul Short Run

The Northern Arizona women were decided champions after accomplishing a three-two advantage over Villanova in a tiebreaker at the Paul Short Run.

BETHLEHEM, Penn. (October 1, 2021) – On Friday, the Northern Arizona women were decided champions after accomplishing a three-two advantage over Villanova in a tiebreaker at the Paul Short Run; the Lumberjacks also placed two champions, with All-American junior Taryn O’Neill (19:54.8) winning the gold race, and freshman Maggi Congdon (21:10.4) securing first in the open race. 

The Pennsylvania morning came early for the ‘Jacks, as the east coast time difference meant warm-ups began in the wee hours of their regular Flagstaff schedule, however, the NAU women woke up unphased and focused.

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In an exciting start to the day, Congdon, and senior Jenna McCaffrey (21:17.0), placed first and second in the women’s open race, with junior Luna Slater (22:18.9), redshirt sophomore Chloe Painter (22:32.0), and junior Abby Riordan (22:41.1) respectively finishing 13th, 20th, and 23rd in the women’s six-kilometer open race. 

With positive momentum in the air, the Northern Arizona women prepared for the gun of the gold race.

O’Neill, a well-established leader of the Lumberjack women’s team, earned first place overall, with senior Pipi Eitel (20:14.0), redshirt junior Hannah Behunin (20:37.0), sophomore Annika Reiss (20:38.1), and redshirt sophomore Jesselyn Bries (20:40.4) following seventh, 23rd, 25th, and 29th sequentially to score a competitive total of 85 points.  

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Meanwhile, Villanova completed the race with the exact same point total (85), initiating a tiebreaker; after analyzing both teams’ performances, NAU was named victorious, as junior Bryn Morley (20:56.2), the sixth Lumberjack finisher, scored lower (41 points) than Villanova’s sixth runner, senior Mkenna Keegan (62 points).

Redshirt freshman Elise Stearns (21:00.2) and Meagan Van Pelt (21:02.4) were also right behind Morley, respectively finishing 44th and 46th, while freshman Alexis Kebbe (21:15.0) and senior Delaney Rasmussen (21:25.0) rounded out the team finishing 60th and 72nd. 

The Lumberjack women displayed unity today, truly showcasing the importance of each athlete and every point. 

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For the first time since the George Kyte Classic, the men and women will compete together at the Florida State University Pre-National in two weeks. 

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