Press-Republican

October 20, 2013

Driscoll finishes 4th to lead Cardinals

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Press-Republican

---- — HARTFORD, Conn. —Reigning SUNY Athletic Conference Female Runner of the Week Kelley Driscoll continued her streak of top-five finishes with a fourth-place finish to lead the Plattsburgh State women’s cross-country team at the Connecticut College Invitational on Saturday morning.

Tufts ran away with the team title, boasting three top-10 finishers as well as a team score of just 52 points. Ohio Wesleyan was the next, accumulating 97 points. By amassing 282 points, the Cardinals recorded a 12th-place team finish in the 21-team field.

Taking part in her final tune-up race before the SUNYAC Cross-Country Championships, Driscoll ran her best race of the season so far, traversing the six-kilometer course in a time of 22:01. That particular time is the fastest 6K time for the Geneva product this season.

Complementing Driscoll’s strong finish was Katie Ehmann, who put forth a top-20 effort of her own. Ehmann, who hails from Kingston, was clocked in a time of 22:40 to earn a 17th-place finish.

Bouncing back from a difficult race her last time out, freshman Lauren Perschetz recorded a 6K personal best of 24:33 en route to a 90th-place finish. Junior Amanda Joskow was right behind her teammate, as she registered a 91st-place finish in a time of 24:37. Joskow’s 6K effort was her fastest of the season thus far.

Continuing the trend of personal bests, freshman Morgan Deming shaved nearly one minute off of her previous best with a 126th-place time of 25:06.

VINSON LEADS MEN

The Plattsburgh State men’s cross-country team, meanwhile, posted an 18th-place finish.

Keene State exited the course with the team title after finishing with 74 points. Coast Guard accumulated just three more points (77) than the Owls to finish second among the 21-team field. Plattsburgh State collected 479 team points in the eight-kilometer race.

Again, it was freshman Ethan Vinson leading the way for the Cardinals.

After seeing his eight-kilometer time rise into the 28-minute range in his previous race, Vinson shattered his personal best by producing a time of 26:44 (50th place). The previous personal best along an eight-kilometer course by the Newport product was 27:25.

The faster times continued down the line for the Cardinals, as 89th-place finisher sophomore Zach Rose produced a new 8K personal best time of 27:27. Brendan Connor was the third finisher for the Cardinals, and his 126th-place time of 27:58 was his second-speediest eight-kilometer time of the season.

Freshman Louis Castellani wasn’t far behind Connor, navigating the course in a time of 28:10. After Castellani’s 136th-place finish, Joseph Nichols was clocked in a 170th-place time of 28:45.