Paranya places strong third in DC Invitational
By biconews On 8 Feb, 2000 At 05:00 AM | Categorized As Archives | With 0 Comments

By Greg Kannerstein
Guest Writer

Karl Paranya ’97 took a big first step in what shapes up to be the most important season of his still-young pro running career, finishing as the first American and third overall in the men’s mile in the DC Invitational at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, January 29. Paranya ran 4:00.23, a close third behind Ibrahim Aden of Somalia in 3:59.8 and Canadian Olympian and University of Michigan grad Kevin Sullivan at 3:59.83 on the unbanked track.

Karl told The Philadelphia Inquirer after the meet, “I think I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in at this point of the season. I’m not racing sharp yet, which is good because it’s a long way to go even in the indoor season, let alone to late July with the Olympic trials. So I think I’m happy with my level of fitness. I’m never happy with a third place, but I raced well for my first real mile of the season.”

Paranya, who runs for Asics, trains frequently at Alumni Field House and is coached by Haverford mentor Tom Donnelly.

Greg Kannerstein is director of Haverford athletics.

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