The No.12 North Carolina women’s cross country team and the No. 13 North Carolina men’s cross country team both received first place in the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Friday.
The men kicked off the race first running in the Men’s College Gold 8k.
After the first mile, sophomore Ethan Strand led the Tar Heels in eighth place and right behind him was sophomore Parker Wolfe in 10th.
Junior Patrick Anderson was in 14th place after the first mile and made the biggest jump for North Carolina between then and the 5k mark, climbing to second place overall.
The last checkpoint before the finish line was the 6.3k mark. Wolfe and Anderson made the jump to first and second place respectively.
Wolfe and Anderson did not slow up and neither did the Tar Heels crossing the finish line. Wolfe and Anderson remained in first and second, and North Carolina was crowned first place with 64 points as a team, with five runners finishing in the top 25. The Villanova Wildcats took second place with 100 points.
The North Carolina women competed in the Women's College Gold 6k race immediately after the men's team.
Sophomores Brynn Brown and Fatima Alanis got the Tar Heels started off in 12th and 13th place after mile one.