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Cross country teams match best finishes at SUNYAC meet

by Zach Wagner - Copy Editor
Tue, Nov 5th 2019 09:20 pm
Both cross country teams ran at the regional meet in 2018. The women's cross country team matched its best finish by coming in fourth at the SUNYAC meet on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Both cross country teams ran at the regional meet in 2018. The women's cross country team matched its best finish by coming in fourth at the SUNYAC meet on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The College at Brockport men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to SUNY New Paltz this past weekend to compete in the SUNYAC championship race. With a strong showing on the men’s side throughout the 2019 campaign, the Golden Eagles were focused on taking home the win, looking at snatching the conference title. On the women’s side, the runners set out to continue the progress made throughout the season, showing why they should be on everyone’s radar moving into the future with their improving squad. 

The men’s team came short of a conference title, grabbing third place out of nine SUNYAC teams, falling only to SUNY Oneonta and SUNY Geneseo. Senior Sean Kuehn lead the green and gold just like he did throughout the whole season. He placed second out of 116 runners, losing to Geneseo’s Sean McAneny by a measly four seconds. 

“Men placed third, not exactly what we wanted but still a good day,” Kuehn said. “The course was difficult with very uneven terrain and a long gradual uphill on a two-kilometer loop. I placed second in the race, the winner took it out hard and broke away after the first mile.” 

Despite falling short of their goal, Kuehn was still proud of his teammates for their efforts and looks forward to the regional meet in two weeks. 

“I’m really proud of the team, it was not a fun or easy course but everyone ran really tough,” Kuehn said. “The top 7 move onto regionals Nov. 16 and hopefully nationals the weekend after that.” 

For the rest of the men, sophomore Humberto Wallace Jr. continued his impressive season snagging, 12th place with a time of 26:11.9 on the eight-kilometer run. Junior Marius Sidkauskas was the third runner to place in the top 20 for the Golden Eagles, coming through with a time of 26:34.8, taking 19th place. Senior Gerald Connelly, senior John Boyzok, senior Alex Burg and junior Cody Mooney were all able to get inside the top 50, but their efforts were not enough to lift Brockport to a victory. 

On the women’s side of the action, junior Abby Clouden led the way for the Golden Eagles, taking 12th place out of a field of 90 runners. As a whole, the women were able to put up a great performance, taking fourth out of 10 teams, receiving a solid performance from many runners. 

“I thought, overall, both teams did really well,” Clouden said. “We tied the same places as last year, which were the best both teams have run in about a decade. The course was a little tough but we gave it everything we had.” 

The women put up a great performance, showing why working hard throughout the season tends to pay off. Junior Katie Adams snagged 31st place, running a time of 25:26.5 for a six-kilometer run. Freshman Sarah Davis and junior Sarah Tingley virtually tied, running one-tenth of a second apart at 25:38.3 and 25:38.4, placing 33rd and 34th. Senior Sydney Steger came in just behind her teammates, stopping the clock at 25:42.0 in 35th place. 

In two weeks, the women will be joining the men in St. Lawrence for the NCAA Division III regional meet. Clouden is hopeful her team will put up a strong showing, as long as it stays committed to the task at hand. 

“I think leading up to this race we all need to stay focused with the goal in mind of top 12, and on race day just give it our all,” Clouden said. 

Heading into the regionals meet, both the men’s and women’s runners have their own personal goals they would like to accomplish. Throughout this season, both sides have created goals and have done a superb job at reaching them. In what could be the last meet of the season, both teams will look to build off the performances at the SUNYAC meet to show its place in the region. 

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