Nov. 14, 2009

 

Courtesy of Geneseo

Mt. Morris, N.Y.-SUNY Geneseo hosted the 2009 NCAA Division III Atlantic Region Cross Country Championships this morning at Letchworth State Park in Mt. Morris, New York. The top two teams from each of the women's and men's races earn automatic bids to the NCAA Division III championships hosted by Baldwin Wallace on Saturday, November 21.

In the women's race, junior Wendy Pavlus won the individual title in a time of 21:22 over the six kilometers to lead the St. Lawrence Saints, ranked sixth nationally, to the team championship with 43 points, snapping Geneseo's five-year hold on the region team title.
Senior Johannah Ludington finished third for the Saints with a time of 21:47, sophomore Jenna Hulton was fifth in 21:58, sophomore Megan Derby was ninth in 22:18 and senior Hilary St. John placed 25th in 23:03.

Geneseo, ranked ninth nationally, earned the second automatic bid to the nationals by placing second in team scoring with 74 points.
Senior Sandra Goettelman paced the Blue Knights by finishing fourth in a time of 21:56. First years Marissa Liberati and Brigid Heenan were 13th and 16th in 22:43 and 22:47, respectively, for the Knights.
Graduate students Maggie Morris, who was 17th in 22:48 and Liz Montgomery, who was 24th in 22:57, completed the scoring five for Geneseo.

Sophomore Jena Peacock of Rowan was second in 21:38, freshman Jennifer Randall of Ithaca placed sixth in 22:13, Plattsburgh senior Jenny Schaffhouser was seventh in 22:15, senior Michelle Wallace of TCNJ finished eighth in 22:15 and sophomore Joan Kanarkiewicz of NYU completed the top ten with a time of 22:30.

In the men's race, senior Peter Kosgei of Hamilton dominated the competition to win the individual title in a course-record time of 24:40, but nationally fourth-ranked Cortland raced to the team title with 49 points as the Red Dragons placed their five scoring runners in the top 17. Seniors Eric Stermer, Kyle O'Brien and Justin Wager ran in a pack and finished sixth (25:24), seventh (25:24) and eighth
(25:25) to pace Cortland. Senior Jerry Greenlawn was 11th in 25:32 and freshman Sean Curry placed 17th in 25:40 to complete the scoring runners.

SUNY Geneseo, ranked third nationally, notched the second automatic berth by scoring 64 points as sophomore Lee Berube led the way with a fourth place time of 25:02. Junior Ryan O'Connor was 10th in 25:31, senior Tim Chichester ran 13th in 25:34, senior Jesse Berube placed 14th in 25:34 and sophomore Nick Pardee completed the scoring five in 23rd (25:48).

Junior Mike Heymann of Plattsburgh finished second to Kosgei in a time of 24:53, senior Zach Maher of NYU was third in 24:56, junior Dan Ramsey of St. Lawrence was fifth in 25:20 and NYU senior Calvin Lee completed the top ten with a ninth place time of 25:29.

The remaining at-large team and individual selections will be made on Sunday, November 15 and posted at www.ncaasports.com and the Baldwin Wallace Division III championship web site (www.bw.edu/athletics/09ccnationals/).