Friday, October 28, 2011

CSU runners can look to provost for inspiration

When Cleveland State hosts the Horizon League cross country meet on Saturday at Squire Valleevue Farm in Hunting Valley, one of the fastest runners on hand will be on the outside of the ropes, but not because of injury or other reason.

CSU provost Geoffrey S. Mearns was a top runner during his undergraduate days at Yale. His time of 29 minutes, 50 seconds in the 10,000 meters in 1979 is third on the Elis' all-time outdoor list.

Mearns stays active by exercising in the morning, and he set the 50-54 age group record of 31:18 in the 5-mile Blossom Time run in 2010.

"Having been an intercollegiate athlete myself, I really enjoy the interaction with student-athletes," Mearns said.

Mearns has been the provost at Cleveland State on an interim and full-time basis since February 2010.

The Horizon League men's race is scheduled for 11 a.m. The women's race is set for noon. Butler is the defending champion on both sides.

- Howard Primer


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