4 SLU Seniors Run To All-Region Honors
All four seniors on St. Lawrence University men's cross country team earned All-Region honors to lead the Saints to a third-place finish at the NCAA Division III Atlantic Region Championship on the Ronald C. Hoffmann Cross Country Course on Saturday morning.
Dadley Ogetii finished 10th to lead the Saints' senior quartet, crossing the finish line in 25 minutes, 33.1 on the eight-kilometer course, a pace of 5:09 per mile. Evan Page was just four seconds behind in 12th place, while Patrick Mortensen was 24th and Ogdensburg's Nicholas Vielhauer was 27th. Jackson Hamilton rounded out the Saints' scoring five in 63rd place.
Rensselaer's Noah Falasco won the race in 25:13.3.
SUNY Geneseo, ranked ninth nationally, placed runners in second, third, fourth and sixth to win the team title with 30 points, 27 points ahead of 16th-ranked Rensselaer. Twenty-third-ranked St. Lawrence scored 136 points, one ahead of 29th-ranked Ithaca, which finished fourth.
Geneseo and Rensselaer earned automatic NCAA Championship bids. Ogetii and Page punched their ticket to nationals as individual qualifiers, and the team will likely earn an at-large bid when the field is announced tomorrow.
Head Coach John Newman '94
"I'm super happy and proud of the guys. We've come so far from where we started in week 1, it's been a fun ride to be on. It's fun to be able to host this meet and have a strong team performance, and to have all four seniors earn All-Region. We've probably done all we could have done this season to position ourselves into an NCAA at-large qualifying position, and we're excited for the opportunity to go to nationals if we're awarded a bid tomorrow. It's always an honor to host and NCAA event, and the weather leading up to the race today presented a challenge with snow and ice on the course throughout the week. Our facilities and grounds crew did fantastic work to prepare the course for competition and we have been overwhelmed with positive feedback from athletes and coaches who came here to compete today."
St. Lawrence Top Seven Finishers
10th - Dadley Ogetii (25:33.1)
12th - Evan Page (25:37.5)
24th - Patrick Mortensen (25:57.2)
27th - Nicholas Vielhauer (26:00.3)
63rd - Jackson Hamilton (26:29.5)
68th - Dexter Benkard (26:35.3)
107th - Matt Abell (27:11.6)
Up Next: NCAA Championships at Tom Sawyer State Park, Louisville, Kentucky, Saturday, November 23.
LADY SAINTS 7th
Ashley Walker, Catherine Kluchinski and Sophie Brzezinski earned All-Region honors to lead the St. Lawrence University women's cross country team to a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Division III Atlantic Region Championships on the Ronald C. Hoffmann Cross Country Course on Saturday afternoon. Walker finished the six-kilometer race in 23 minutes, 19.9 seconds a pace of 6:16 per mile. Kluchinksi was just 5.5 seconds behind Walker in 32nd place, and Brzezinski was 3.4 seconds behind Kluchinski in 35th. Ithaca's Parley Hannan won the race in 21:01.2, with SUNY Geneseo's Genny Corcoran in second in 21:06.8. Geneseo, ranked eighth nationally, won the meet with 68 points. Fourteenth-ranked Rensselaer was second with 83 points, while 26th-ranked Ithaca was third. Twentieth-ranked Rochester was fourth, 33rd-ranked Vassar was fifth, and RIT was sixth. Geneseo and Rensselaer earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championship as the Atlantic Region champion and runner-up. At-large bids will be announced tomorrow, and if four teams from the region earn at-large bids, Walker will advance to nationals as an individual qualifier. Head Coach Kate Howard "We're a young team and this was a solid result for us today. We suited up four first years, two sophomores and two juniors as our seven runners and alternate. It was great to see Ashley, Cat and Sophie turn in All-Region perfromances. Collectively this was our best race of the season and caps the season off with a high note as we look towards the future. It's always special to compete at an NCAA-level event on our home course, and today was even more special thanks to the hard work or our facilities and grounds crew. They worked so hard all week to clear the snow and prepare this course for the weekend, we can't thank them enough for everything they did to make today's race a special one for our student-athletes and for the rest of the runners in the region." St. Lawrence Top Seven Finishers 27th - Ashley Walker (23:19.9) 32nd - Catherine Kluchinski (23:25.4) 35th - Sophie Brzezinski (23:28.8) 55th - Kayla Beck (23:58.5) 60th - Eliza O'Donnell (24:05.5) 81st - Maura McAnaney (24:37.6) 89th - Haylei Coolican (24:44.7)