BROCTON — It was close — perhaps too close for comfort, but the Plattsburgh State women’s cross country team was able to outpace Oneonta, ensuring itself a second-place finish at the SUNYAC Championships hosted by Fredonia State Saturday.
The Cardinals finished with 84 team points — just one point fewer than third-place Oneonta. Geneseo took the team title for the second consecutive year as all five of their scoring runners finished in the top-15.
“Both sides knew it would be close, and we ran very well despite the conditions today,” said head cross country coach Andrew Krug. “I’m very proud of the way we competed today.”
Kelley Driscoll led the way for the Cardinals, as the junior finished in sixth place with a time of 23:47.18. Colleen Coon traversed the course in a time of 24:11.36, good for ninth place.
Emily Cotey out of Cortland took the individual title, finishing with a time of 23:24.72. Plattsburgh State freshman Amanda Deschaies had one of the best races of her early collegiate career, finishing in 16th place with a time of 24:21.27.
Katie Ehmann and Amanda Schermerhorn were the last two Plattsburgh State runners that tallied points, as Ehmann finished in 25th with a time of 25:01.46, while the Schermerhorn, a senior, put up a time of 25:15.80 for 28th place.
With her sixth-place finish, Driscoll earned a nod to the All-SUNYAC First Team while Coon ensured herself a spot on the All-SUNYAC Second Team with her ninth place finish.
After a little less than two weeks off, the Cardinals have another important race up next. The team will head to Rochester, N.Y., to take part in the NCAA Atlantic Regional.
“We’re in great shape, and we hope to build on our finish at SUNYAC’s and use that to add fuel to the fire so we can improve our positions for NCAA’s,” said Krug.