CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The University of Miami cross country teams are now midway through the 2012 season. This weekend the Hurricanes will travel to Lehigh, Pa., to compete in the Paul Short Run on Friday at Lehigh University.

"This is going to be the biggest test for the team this season," assistant cross country coach Damon Griffiths said. "This meet presents a challenging field and course that should prepare us for the type of race we expect at the ACC meet next month."

The Hurricanes look to improve on their performance from their last meet at the UF Mountain Dew Invitational. Junior Sean Pezzulo placed 11th with a time of 25:14.00 in the 8k to lead the men. It was a personal best, as well as the sixth-best time in school history. As a team, Miami finished ninth at the meet. Along with Pezzulo, junior Luke Fontaine, freshman Bert Irigoyen, junior JaCee Jarnagin, senior Greg Kaczka, freshman Kevin Marsh and sophomore AJ Ricketts will compete in the 8k tomorrow.

On the women's side, junior Lindsi Arrington looks to continue her strong season. Recording a personal best of 18:13.10 at the UF Mountain Dew Invitational, she finished 13th overall and registered the fourth-best time in school history. The Canes placed 11th as a team. Along with Arrington, junior Brooke Dovell, senior Jennifer Estime, sophomore Julia Koch, senior Allison Ludwick, sophomore Sara Ryan, junior Alaine Tate and freshman Kelly Williamson will run in the 5k for the Hurricanes.

"I'm looking for our three to seven runners to show improvement," Griffiths continued. "This will be key to have a solid team performance."

The Paul Short Run will be hosted at Lehigh University with 120 women's teams over three groups and 82 men's teams over two groups. The college races start at 11 and 11:45 a.m.

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