GENESEO, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo men's cross country team opens the 2017 campaign on Friday at the Brockport Invitational. Third-year head coach Dan Moore returns four of the top-seven runners that guided the Knights to a runner-up finish at the 2016 NCAA Division III Championships, which was the highest showing ever by the team, while a third-straight NCAA Atlantic Regional Championship and a fourth-consecutive State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) title will be within reach.
Senior Isaac Garcia-Cassani enters the season as the nation's the top returner from last year's NCAA Championships after crossing the finish line fourth place. A nine-time All-American in track & field and cross country, the 2016 national champion in both the indoor mile and the outdoor 1,500 will also be in the hunt for his third-consecutive individual titles at both the NCAA Atlantic Regionals as well as the SUNYAC Championships throughout the season.
Senior Alexander Burks is back after scoring an 84th-place effort at last season's NCAA Championships, while also contributing a seventh-place showing at the Atlantic Regionals. Seniors Connor Pulvidente (115th NCAAs) and Matt Jorgensen (188th NCAAs) also look to wrap-up their cross country careers by leading Geneseo to its 15th-consecutive NCAA Championship appearance along with its seventh top-10 finish in the last 10 years.
Moore welcomes a large group of first-years to the program this fall. Bradley Farnham joins that squad from nearby Penfield, N.Y. after a standout high school career that included a 10th-place effort at the New York State Class A Championship meet last year. Greenwhich, N.Y. product Colin Beasor, who logged a top-10 finish at the Class D State Championships, and Lakeland, N.Y. native Matthew Sayre (28th Class A Championship) will also look to crack the top-seven.
After Friday's opener at Brockport, Geneseo will travel to the Oswego Invitational next Saturday (Sept. 16) before heading to Williams (Mass.) for the Purple Valley Classic (Sept. 23). The Knights will then host the Mike Woods Invitational (Sept. 30) at Letchworth State Park before traveling to Principia (Ill.) for the Cowbell Classic (Oct. 14) two weeks later for a preview of the course that will also host the NCAA Division III Championships (Nov. 18). Potsdam will be the site of the SUNYAC Championships (Oct. 28) before Houghton hosts the NCAA Atlantic Regional (Nov. 11).