Better than 5,000 runners took to the trails at the Invitational and the Cardinals narrowly missed a top-20 finish, collecting 519 points – just five more than Division II opponent Kutztown University.
Junior Adam Shearer just missed a top-50 finish, posting a time of 26:26 and crossing the finish line of the eight kilometer course in 53rd place. Not far behind was senior Chris Martin, who concluded his race in a time of 26:28. Martin’s 58th place finish would prove to be the only other top-100 finish of the afternoon for the Cardinals.
Senior Ryan Millar and junior Michael Schram ran together most of the day, as Millar finished in 121st with a time of 27:15. Schram was just three spots behind his fellow runner with a time of 27:16.
Rich Adickes rounded out the quintet of Plattsburgh State runners, traversing the eight-kilometer course in a time of 27:53 – good for 163rd place.
The Cardinals were in the middle of the SUNYAC contingent as SUNY Cortland recorded a fifth-place finish while SUNY Brockport added a 29th place finish.
A road trip to Saratoga, N.Y., is in order next Saturday (Oct. 6) as the Cardinals will take part in the Saratoga Invitational. The race, which is hosted by RPI, is scheduled to begin at noon.
CARDINAL WOMEN 15th
BETHLEHEM, Pa. — The No. 34-ranked Plattsburgh State women’s cross country put yet another strong showing – this time at one of the most prestigious cross country meets in the nation. The Cardinals finished in 15th place out of 39 teams competing at the 39th Annual Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh University.
Some 5,000 runners competed in the race, and the Cardinals were just one of three NCAA Division III squads to post a top-15 finish while competing with teams from Division I and Division II.
It was junior Kelley Driscoll who led the way once again for the Cardinals, taking 37th place in a time of 23:00. The six-kilometer course was traversed by seven Plattsburgh State runners, including senior Amanda Schermerhorn who finished in 75th with a time of 23:35.