Press-Republican

November 11, 2012

Driscoll leads PSU to 7th-place finish


Press-Republican

---- — ROCHESTER — All-Region performer Kelley Driscoll led the No. 32-ranked Plattsburgh State women’s cross country team to a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Div. III Atlantic Regional hosted by the University of Rochester Saturday.

Driscoll, who finished in 20th place with a time of 22:38.5, was one of four Plattsburgh State runners to finish in the top 50 for the 6,000-meter run. St. Lawrence University captured the team title, placing three runners in the top 10 and boasting the individual champion, Amy Cymerman. Some 277 runners representing 39 schools took part in the regional run. The top 35 runners earned all-region accolades, and Driscoll earned her second all-region nod in as many years.

The Cardinals, though, were not alone in seventh place as the host institution, the University of Rochester, also amassed 232 team points during the event to put them in a tie with the Cardinals.

Freshman Emma Deshaies (23:08.3) and senior Colleen Coon (23:10.2) crossed the line 44th and 45th respectively, while senior Amanda Schermerhorn posted a time of 23:18.2 en route to a 50th place finish.

Sophomore Catherine Ehmann rounded out the contingent of point-producing Plattsburgh State runners, traversing the course in a time of 23:48.0 — good for a 73rd place showing.

Although the Cardinals had yet another strong performance on the trails, their hopes of returning to the NCAA Div. III Cross Country Championship may have been dashed. After automatic bids to the championships are doled out to the top finishing teams, at-large bids are handed out. In a stacked region such as the Atlantic, however, bids of that particular configuration will certainly be at a premium.

“We ran really well today,” said head coach Andrew Krug. “I thought we had some great performances, but we just didn’t get the places we wanted. We have nothing to hang our heads about, though.”

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.