---- — NEWBURGH — The North Country Community College men’s cross-country team finished fifth out of 16 teams and first among junior colleges at Saturday’s Mount St. Mary College Invitational Cross-Country Meet.
Union College won the men’s division with a 53, while SUNY Cobleskill was second at 62. The Saints finished with 163.
Leading the way for North Country were Llaney Hernandez 11th overall in 29:37 and Josh Cook 16th in 29:50.
“What made the difference for us was our No. 3, 4 and 5 runners, Jeremy Jones, Jordan Haviland and Zach Peltier, who stepped up and ran the best races they’ve run this year,” said North Country coach David Tyldesley.
“We’re peaking at the right time and this is our best finish and performance since we started the cross-country program. It’s exciting.”
Jones finished 23rd in 30:31, Haviland 59th in 33:02 and Peltier 94th in 35:37. There were 150 runners in the men’s race.
St. Joseph’s of Long Island won the women’s event in 27, with Union College second with 68.
The Saints took two women to the event, with Kaylan Short 83rd in 26:31 and Clarissa Mango 95th in 27:33. A total of 136 competed in the women’s race.
St. Mary’s College Invitational
Team scores (top five)
1, Union, 53. 2, SUNY Cobleskill, 62. 3, St. Joseph’s, Long Island, 65. 4, SUNY Maritime, 106. 5, North Country C.C., 163.
11, Llaney Hernandez, 29:37. 16, Josh Cook, 29:50. 23, Jeremy Jones, 30:31. 59, Jordan Haviland, 33:02. 94. Zach Peltier, 35:37. 145, Chris Elliott, 44:38.
Team scores (top five)
1, St. Joseph’s, Long Island, 27. 2, Union, 68. 3, SUNY Cobleskill, 99. 4, Mount St. Mary, 108. 5, SUNY Purchase, 138.
83, Kaylan Short, 26:31. 95, Clarissa Mango, 27:33.
CARDINAL MEN TAKE 21ST
BETHLEHEM, Pa. –— The Plattsburgh State men’s cross country team stacked up well against some of the toughest competition in all of the NCAA, finished 21st out of the 33 teams that took part in the 39th Annual Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem Pa., on Friday.
Better than 5,000 runners took to the trails at the Invitational and the Cardinals narrowly missed a top-20 finish, collecting 519 points – just five more than Division II opponent Kutztown University.
Junior Adam Shearer just missed a top-50 finish, posting a time of 26:26 and crossing the finish line of the eight kilometer course in 53rd place. Not far behind was senior Chris Martin, who concluded his race in a time of 26:28. Martin’s 58th place finish would prove to be the only other top-100 finish of the afternoon for the Cardinals.
Senior Ryan Millar and junior Michael Schram ran together most of the day, as Millar finished in 121st with a time of 27:15. Schram was just three spots behind his fellow runner with a time of 27:16.
Rich Adickes rounded out the quintet of Plattsburgh State runners, traversing the eight-kilometer course in a time of 27:53 – good for 163rd place.
The Cardinals were in the middle of the SUNYAC contingent as SUNY Cortland recorded a fifth-place finish while SUNY Brockport added a 29th place finish.
A road trip to Saratoga, N.Y., is in order next Saturday (Oct. 6) as the Cardinals will take part in the Saratoga Invitational. The race, which is hosted by RPI, is scheduled to begin at noon.
CARDINAL WOMEN 15th
BETHLEHEM, Pa. — The No. 34-ranked Plattsburgh State women’s cross country put yet another strong showing – this time at one of the most prestigious cross country meets in the nation. The Cardinals finished in 15th place out of 39 teams competing at the 39th Annual Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh University.
Some 5,000 runners competed in the race, and the Cardinals were just one of three NCAA Division III squads to post a top-15 finish while competing with teams from Division I and Division II.
It was junior Kelley Driscoll who led the way once again for the Cardinals, taking 37th place in a time of 23:00. The six-kilometer course was traversed by seven Plattsburgh State runners, including senior Amanda Schermerhorn who finished in 75th with a time of 23:35.
Freshman Emma Deshaies and senior Colleen Coon finished within four seconds of each other along with a mass of other athletes. Deshaies posted a time of 23:44 – good for 87th place – while her older counterpart was the last Plattsburgh State runner in the top-100 with a 92nd place time of 23:48.
The Cardinals amassed 450 points in the race, and finished just three spots behind SUNYAC for SUNY Cortland. The Red Dragons and the Cardinals were two of five SUNYAC teams competing in Bethlehem, but were the only two in the top 15.
Up next for the Cardinals is a trip to Saratoga, N.Y., to take part in the Saratoga Invitational hosted by RPI. The meet is scheduled to begin at noon on Saturday, October 6.