Women's Cross Country Wins Second-Straight NCAA Atlantic Region Championship

GLASSBORO, N.J. - SUNY Geneseo senior Marissa Cossaro finished seventh to lead the Knights to first place out of 43 teams at the NCAA Division III Atlantic Regional Championships, hosted by Rowan, Saturday. 

The finish automatically qualifies the Knights for their 18th-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' men also were victorious.

Geneseo took the crown with a total of 90 points. Oneonta finished second with 112 points followed by RPI (121), Ithaca (121) and Stevens (160). The individual champion was senior Amy Regan from Stevens, who crossed the finish line with a time of 20:05.1.

Cossarro ran the six-kilometer course in a time of 21:04.8 to capture seventh place, improving 10 spots from last year's 17th-place effort. Senior Sara Rosenzweig logged her second-consecutive top-10 finish, crossing ninth (21:12.7).

Sophomore Elise Ramirez was close behind in 13th place (21:19.3), while senior Marissa Bellusci placed 28th (21:51.1) and junior Kristen Homeyer ran to 33rd (22:02.1) to close out the Knights' scoring five. Senior Kelly Flanagan finished 34th (22:02.7) while sophomore Allison Fernandez was 44th (22:19.6).

Geneseo, which entered the weekend ranked third in the latest USTFCCCA national poll and first in the Atlantic Region, will be in action next Saturday, Nov. 19, at the NCAA Division III Championships at Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky. The women's race is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.