ONEONTA — Senior Kelley Driscoll recorded a fifth-place finish in a time of 22:14.6 to lead the Plattsburgh State women’s cross country team to a seventh-place finish at the SUNYAC Cross Country Championships on Saturday morning at Fortin Park.
As a team, the Cardinals collected some 179 points, beating out Buffalo State, Oswego State and SUNY Potsdam. SUNY Geneseo ran away with the team title, amassing just 26 points and boasting five runners in the top ten.
The fifth-place finish for Driscoll was the highest the Geneva, N.Y., product has finished at the event through the course of her collegiate career. With her finish, Driscoll adds yet another All-SUNYAC First Team accolade to her large collection of distance running hardware.
Tailing Driscoll was Katie Ehmann, who carved out a spot for herself on the All-SUNYAC Second Team with a 13th-place finish in a time of 22:37.7. The Kingston, N.Y., product improved her finishing position by 18 spots when compared to her 31st-place finish at the event one year ago.
Placing third among the Plattsburgh State ranks was junior Amanda Joskow who navigated the six-kilometer course in a 68th-place time of 24:37.8. Freshman Lauren Perschetz (24:47.8) finished in 74th place during her first run in the SUNYAC Championships and her fellow freshman Morgan Deming was clocked in a 90th-place time of 25:40.3 to round out the Plattsburgh State scoring contingent.
Sophomore Megan Schweizer was the final Plattsburgh State finisher in the top 100, posting a 91st-place time of 25:43.2 along the course.
A trio of freshman in Tiffani Love (106th, 26:37.4), Kristin Schnalzer (108th, 26:45.6) and Brianna Bessette (110th, 26:56.7) were the next three finishers for the Cardinals. Bessette recorded a personal best time during the race.
Rounding out the group of Plattsburgh State competitors were sophomores Kelsey McNally (117th, 29:10.5), Hilary Crannage (119th, 29:50.6) and first-year cross country competitor Brittany Greene (122nd, 31:18.7).