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Women Head to Lehigh for Friday's Paul Short Invitational

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By John and Matt Risley

HANOVER, N.H. - It's been nearly three weeks since the Dartmouth women's cross country team last competed, but that long layoff comes to an end Friday afternoon at the Paul Short Invitational.

The annual meet, hosted by Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., features some of the top teams from across the eastern seaboard and is split up into three different divisions: Gold, Brown and White.

The Big Green will compete in the Gold Race; one that will feature five other Ivy League programs. Princeton is the only Ivy team to be slated for a different division as it was assigned to the Brown Race, with Columbia the lone non-participant.

In all, 120 collegiate women's teams from across all three divisions will be on hand for the competition.

Dartmouth's race is set to begin at 1 p.m. on the 6K course.

At this same meet last season, the Big Green finished eighth overall led by Abbey D'Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.). The then-sophomore place fourth in a field of 396 runners in 20:22, helping to spark her success the rest of the fall en route to First Team All-American honors.

The Green and White have run just once this season, hosting the Dartmouth Invitational in Hanover on Sept. 8.