Bakri Abushouk Ties Program 8K Record At Paul Short Run

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GREENVILLE, N.C. – Senior Bakri Abushouk tied the ECU record in the men’s 8K Friday morning as the Pirates competed in the Paul Short Run on the campus of Lehigh University. Both the men and women finished 29th in a field of over 40 teams.

Abushouk’s time of 23:53 matched Kyle MacKenzie’s time ran in 2003 at the N.C. Intercollegiate Division I Men's Cross Country Championships at Overton's Lake Kristi. Abushouk placed 14th overall and was the top runner for ECU for the third meet in a row. Junior Nick Ciaccia put up a personal-best 8K time of 25:02 and finished 131st.

On the women’s side, junior Grace Sullivan ran the second-fastest 6K time in program history, crossing the finish line in 20:37 to set a new personal best. Sophomore Mikayla Stoudt clocked the seventh-fastest time in the school annals as well, running a career-best 21:22 to place 113th.

ECU will take the next two weeks to prepare for its home meet – the Pirate Invitational. The event is scheduled for Oct. 13 at Overton’s Lake Kristi.

Men’s Individual Results (8K)

14. Bakri Abushouk – 23:53

131. Nick Ciaccia – 25:02

160. Dean Abushouk – 25:13

206. Andrew Ciaccia – 25:30

270. Josh Spare – 26:27

276. Jacob Taylor – 27:01

278. Matthew Russell – 27:07

Women’s Individual Results (6K)

31. Grace Sullivan – 20:37

113. Mikayla Stoudt – 21:22

185. Victoria Cooke – 22:04

189. Nuria Tillo-Prats – 22:07

250. Bethany Weaver – 22:47

270. Rebecca Fleischer – 23:25

284. Cayla Rodney – 23:54