Press-Republican

October 13, 2013

Driscoll, Ehmann help Cardinals finish fourth at Hoffmann Invite

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Press-Republican

---- — CANTON — The upper-class tandem of Kelley Driscoll and Katie Ehmann helped lead the Plattsburgh State women’s cross country squad to a fourth-place finish at the Ronald C. Hoffmann Invitational on the campus of St. Lawrence University on Saturday morning.

Due to their strong team performance, the Cardinals saw their total point tally reach 98. The University of Toronto took home the team championship by boasting four runners in the top ten and racking up just 34 team points. The Cardinals beat out the likes of LeMoyne, Clarkson and SUNY Potsdam during the North Country race.

Driscoll was the third student-athlete from a United States institution to cross the finish line by registering a time of 22:28.06 during the six-kilometer course. The Geneva, N.Y., product finished the race in fifth place. Replicating her finishing position from one week ago, the 13th-place Ehmann was clocked in a time of 23:24.45.

Junior Amanda Joskow (25:23.51) and freshman Lauren Perschetz (25:25.95) finished in 31st and 32nd place respectively. Sophomore Megan Schweizer just made it into the top 40 finishers with a time of 25:53.69.

With their five point-producing runners across the finish line, the Cardinals saw Morgan Deming (44th, 26:08.51) and Kristin Schlanzer (51st, 26:26.72) put forth good efforts near the middle of the pack.

Tiffani Love (64th, 27:13.38), Brianna Bessette (75th,28:04.68), Hilary Crannage (79th, 28:32.54) and Kelsey McNally (85th, 29:47.76) also competed for Plattsburgh State.

With just one more tune-up scheduled before the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Cross Country Championships, the Cardinals will head out of the state of New York for the first time this season next weekend. Plattsburgh State will take part in the Connecticut College Invitational in Waterford, Conn., on Saturday, Oct. 19 with the women’s race scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

PSU MEN EARN FIFTH PLACE

CANTON — Making their shortest road trip of the season, the Plattsburgh State men’s cross country took a journey to St. Lawrence University to take part in the Ronald C. Hoffmann Invitational on Saturday morning. The Cardinals raced to a fifth-place team finish at the 10-team meet.

As a team, the Cardinals accumulated 156 points and beat out the likes of LeMoyne, SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam. SUNY Cortland took home the team championship by racking up a meager 15 points and having their top five student-athletes finish first through fifth.

Freshman standout Ethan Vinson was the top performer for the young Cardinals, posting a 36th-place finish in a time of 27:51.03 along the eight-kilometer course.

Enjoying a great day on the trails was sophomore Jason Flach, who was the second Plattsburgh State finisher to break the proverbial tape. The Airmont, N.Y., native registered a 41st-place finish in a time of 28:04.79.

Junior Brendan Connor was the final Plattsburgh State student-athlete to finish in the top 50 runners as his time of 28:22.31 was good for 47th-place.

Narrowly missing out on a top-50 finish was freshman Louis Castellani (52nd) who navigated the eight-kilometer course in 28:38.47. Sophomore Zach Rose (59th, 28:58.06) and Joseph Nichols (67th, 29:13.17) finished inside the top 75.

Christopher Scarallo (87th, 30:37.77) and Josh Herron (101st, 32:48.58) were the final pair of Plattsburgh State distance runners to cross the finish line. In total, 114 runners took part in the race.