Men's Cross Country Wins SUNYAC Championship

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo sophomore Isaac Garcia-Cassani and junior Alfredo Mazzuca ran to first and second place, respectively, to lead the men's cross country team to the 2015 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championship, Saturday, hosted by Plattsburgh.

Geneseo captured seven of the top 12 spots to take the win with 27 points as Fredonia (86), Oneonta (91), Cortland (127) and New Paltz (143) rounded out the top five. This is the Knights' second-straight championship and sixth in the last seven years.

"The men capped off the day running extremely well and I could not be more proud of them," said head coach Dan Moore. "Isaac led the charged and took the individual title with teammate Alfredo right behind him in second while the rest of the team packed it up to bring home the team title. Today's SUNYAC team title was a combined effort, form our first runner through the 14th and they all worked so hard for this."

Garcia-Cassani covered the eight-kilometer course in a winning time of 25:00.7, while Mazzuca was close behind with a 25:10.6 clocking.

Senior Sean Fischer took seventh place (25:14.5) followed by senior Brendan Wortner in eighth (25:22.5) and junior Alex Kramer in ninth (25:25.3).

Sophomore Connor Pulvidente crossed the finish line in 11th (25:34.8) and junior Travis Briggs took 12th (25:37.3) to round out the team's top-seven runners.

Geneseo's 15th championship is now the most SUNYAC men's cross country titles in the 53-year history of the race.

"The rest of the cross country team, as well as track and field athletes, made the trip to support their teammates. With numbers exceeding 30 deep, their cheers were deafening and it was one of the best support crews I have seen. I am very excited to host the regional championship in two weeks and to see the team showcase all their hard work and dedication against the rest of the Atlantic Region," added Moore.

The Knights will next run in the NCAA Division III Atlantic Regionals in two weeks (Nov. 14) hosted by Geneseo at Letchworth State Park.