PLATTSBURGH — In front of a large group of supporters, the Plattsburgh State women’s cross country team ran to a second-place finish at the Cardinal Classic on Saturday morning. The Cardinals only home meet of 2013 was held outside of the Field House Complex on the campus of Plattsburgh State University.
Senior standout Kelley Driscoll led the Cardinals by posting a second-place finish in a time of 18:35. She was bested only by St. Lawrence’s Ariel Beccia who traversed the five-kilometer course in a time of 18:18.
The Saints took home the team title by amassing 22 points. Plattsburgh State collected 37 points during the race.
Not far behind Driscoll was Katie Ehmann who continued her strong start to the 2013 season with a fourth-place finish in a time of 19:23. Freshman Lauren Perschetz closed out the trio of Cardinals in the top ten by producing a 10th-place finish of 20:31.
Sophomore Megan Schweizer (12th) crossed the finish line in 21:01. The freshman duo of Morgan Deming and Michelle Collins paced each other through the course of the race and finished in 18th (21:47) and 19th (21:51) respectively. Tiffani Love rounded out the contingent of point-producing Cardinals by posting a 24th-place finish in a time of 22:20.
Also on the course were former Plattsburgh State cross country greats Allison Deshane and the recently-graduated Amanda Schermerhorn. Deshane recorded an eighth-place finish in 19:57 while Schermerhorn found herself just outside the top ten and cruised to the finish in an 11th-place time of 20:39.
Men finish second
With some of their alumni base competing with them, the men’s recorded a second-place finish.
For the second time in as many weeks, freshman Ethan Vinson was the man to beat among the Plattsburgh State bunch. Vinson was clocked in a 13th-place time of 16:26.
Scott Smolensky of St. Lawrence took the individual crown with a first-place time of 15:40. The Saints took the team championship by racking up just 15 points.