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Saints 15th at NCAAs; Ogetii, Page Earn All-America



Dadley Ogetii and Evan Page turned in All-America performances to lead the St. Lawrence University men's cross country team to a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships at Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday morning. Ogetii finished the eight-kilometer race in 24 minutes, 51.6 seconds, a pace of 5:01 per mile, to finish in 25th place, with Page was less than three seconds behind in 32nd. Stevensen's Patrick Watson won the individual title in 24:13.9. The Saints, who entered the national championship ranked 26th, posted their best finish at nationals since the 2015 team also finished 15th, scored 375 points, the same total as Calvin, but lost on a tiebreaker. St. Lawrence, which was third at the NCAA Atlantic Regional last weekend, was third among Atlantic Region teams. SUNY Geneseo finished in eighth place with 293 points, while Rensselaer was 10th with 333. Pomona-Pitzer won the team title with 164 points, 18 ahead of North Central. Ogetii and Page became the 25th and 26th All-Americas in program history, tied for 10th among NCAA Division III programs, and today's race marked the 21st NCAA Championship appearance for the Saints, tied for first among Atlantic Region schools and tied for 13th in the nation. Head Coach John Newman '94 "I'm so proud of this team and what we managed to achieve this season. It truly was a team effort and it took not just the eight guys in our travel party but the entire Saints cross country and track and field family to help reap the rewards of a top-15 team finish and two All-Americas. We started the season unranked in both the NCAA and seventh in the region and went on to finish third in the Atlantic Region and 15th on the biggest stage today at the NCAA Championships. Beyond the rankings, we had one of the slowest starts in program history and still managed to hit almost every one of our goals throughout the season. The transformation this team has made since our first practice/time trial back in August is one of the greatest I've seen in my coaching career. Going into the race today, we knew we hadn't run our best race yet, and in doing so today, it couldn't have come at a better time. The confidence and poise the guys showed today was extraordinary and this came from both our first time NCAA competitors as well as our experienced veterans. Kudos to both Dadley and Evan for earning All-America honors. We had a very supportive group of parents, teammates and alumni along the course today to cheer on the Saints. We have a great deal to be thankful for." St. Lawrence Competitors Dadley Ogetii – 25th (24:51.6) Evan Page – 32nd (24:54.4) Patrick Mortensen – 55th (25:09.9) Nicholas Vielhauer – 157th (25:49.4) Dexter Benkard – 217th (26:12.0) Jackson Hamilton – 251st (26:35.9) Matt Abell – (26:49.8)

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