Men's Cross Country Wins 3rd-Straight Atlantic Region Championship

HOUGHTON, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo junior Isaac Garcia-Cassani finished second in a field of 290 runners to lead the Knights to their third-consecutive title at the NCAA Division III Atlantic Regional Championships, hosted by Houghton, Saturday.

The finish automatically qualified the Knights for their 15th-consecutive NCAA Division III Championship race as the top-two teams in the region earn automatic berths. Geneseo also extended the nation's longest streak of qualifying both its men's and women's programs for the NCAA Championships as the Knights' women also were victorious.

The Knights are only the second team to win three-straight titles in the 30-year history of the Atlantic Region Championships and the first since Rochester won titles from 1994-96.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Geneseo placed four runners in the top-20 and was the lone team that had five runners in the top-30 for a winning score of 61 points. RPI finished second with 98 points, followed by RIT (124), Rowan (151) and NYU (168) to round out the top-five teams.
  • Garcia-Cassani covered the eight-kilometer course in a time of 24:19.9, finishing just under six seconds behind RPI's Grant O'Connor.
  • Senior Alexander Burks crossed the finish line fourth with a 24:45.1 clocking.
  • Senior Matt Jorgensen was the Knights' third finisher in ninth place in 25.00.3
  • Senior Connor Pulvidente (25:07.9) and junior John Ripa (25:30.9) placed 17th and 29th, respectively, to close out Geneseo's top-five.  

GENESEO FINISHERS
2. Isaac Garcia-Cassani 24:19.9
4. Alexander Burks 24:45.1
9. Matt Jorgensen 25:00.3
17. Connor Pulvidente 25:07.9
29. John Ripa 25:30.9
44. Jack Tate 25:41.5

TOP TEAM FINISHERS
1. Geneseo 61
2. RPI 98
3. RIT 124
4. Rowan 151
5. NYU 168

WHATS' NEXT

Geneseo, which entered the weekend ranked fourth in the latest USTFCCCA national poll and first in the Atlantic Region, will be in action next Saturday (Nov. 18) at the NCAA Division III Championships in Elsah, Ill., hosted by Principia. The men's race is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. ET.