As a sophomore, Mike Short finished third on the national stage at the 1981 NCAA Cross Country Championships to earn the highest individual finish by a Tartan and third All-America honor in program history. He led the team to a sixth-place finish that year and competed on four straight NCAA Cross Country teams, which placed 12th, 6th, 18th and 12th. Short was a two-time Presidents’ Athletic Conference Athlete of the Year in cross country, winning the race as a sophomore and a senior, while holding the honor of the only Tartan to make the All-PAC team four times. Short doubled as a standout track runner, becoming both the program’s first NCAA qualifier and first All-American his freshman year. Short earned All-America recognition in the 1,500-meter run twice, placing fifth as a freshman and fourth as a sophomore.