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October 26, 2011 / hpclevelandstater

You’ll need running shoes to keep up with Provost Geoffrey S. Mearns

Cleveland State provost Geoffrey S. Mearns speaks with enthusiasm when discussing the state the university’s academic affairs. He gets that energy in part from his exercise regimen.

Mearns ran cross country and track at Yale, and he is still active in running. His time of 29 minutes, 50 seconds in the 10,000 meters in 1979 is third on the Elis’ all-time outdoor list. He holds the 50-54 age group record at the Blossom Time Run. He set the record in the 5-mile race with a 31:18 in 2010.

Mearns said he’s staying in shape in case his dream job opens up.

“I told the athletic director and the coach of the women’s cross country coach Joe Jaketic that my real career aspiration is to be the cross country and track coach at Cleveland State,” Mearns said. “Having been an intercollegiate athlete myself, I really enjoyed the interaction with student-athletes.”

Mearns added that he is looking forward to attending the Horizon League cross country meet on Oct. 29 at Squire Valleevue Farm in Hunting Valley.

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