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November 11, 2012

Driscoll leads PSU to 7th-place finish

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If this is the final time the Cardinals compete in 2012, it will cap off another strong year that saw them earn a runner-up finish at the SUNYAC Championships. During the event, Driscoll and Coon earned nods to the SUNYAC First and Second Teams respectively.

Today will see the NCAA selection committee announce the field for the championship race which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the LaVern Gibson Course in Terre Haute, Ind.

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ROCHESTER — Two weeks after toughing it out on a muddy SUNYAC course, the Plattsburgh State men’s cross country team didn’t have to contend with any adverse weather conditions, but faced many top-flight teams en route to a 16th-place finish at the NCAA Atlantic Regional hosted by the University of Rochester on Saturday (Nov. 10).

The Cardinals collected 495 total points while three of the five point-producing athletes finished in the top 100 in the event which featured 44 teams.

New York University took the title, amassing just 50 points while boasting a trio of top-five finishers. It proved to be the final run of 2012 for the Cardinals, as their team placing was not high enough to put them in the field for the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship.

For the second consecutive season, Ryan Millar paced Plattsburgh State at the event. The senior out of New Hartford, N.Y., finished in 32nd place, traversing the 8,000 meter course in a time of 26:16.5. With his top-35 finish, Millar earned All-Region honors for the second consecutive season. Millar was followed by fellow seniors Chris Martin (26:39.2) and Mike Schram (26:39.5) who crossed the line 55th and 56th, respectively.

Senior Rich Adickes posted a time of 28:15.3 to finish 168th. Running in his first NCAA Regional, freshman Jason Flach was the last point-producing member for the Cardinals, finishing 184th with a time of 28:34.2.

Despite his all-region accolades, Millar will also miss the cut for an individual appearance at the national championship race.

The Cardinals put the wraps on a season that saw them finish in sixth place at the SUNYAC Championships before today’s upper-half finish at the regional race.

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