Men's Cross Country Takes Second-Straight Atlantic Region Title

GLASSBORO, N.J. - SUNY Geneseo junior Isaac Garcia-Cassani bested a field of 303 runners to lead the Knights to first place out of 44 teams at the NCAA Division III Atlantic Regional Championships, hosted by Rowan, Saturday. It was the Knights' second-consecutive team title as well as Garcia-Cassani's second-straight individual title.

The finish automatically qualified the Knights for their 14th-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.

Geneseo placed five runners in the top-20 en route to a 51-point winning total. RPI (87), College of New Jersey (169), NYU (171) and Oneonta (176) rounded out the top-five teams.

Garcia-Cassani covered the eight-kilometer course in a time of 24:15.8, while senior Alfredo Mazzuca placed sixth (24:35.1) followed by junior Alexander Burks in seventh (24:38.3).

Sophomore Connor Pulvidente crossed the finish line 18th (24:57.5) before senior Travis Briggs crossed one spot behind in 19th (24:58.5) to close out the Knights' scoring five.

Sophomore Luke Holtzman finished 26th-place effort (25:07.8) while first-year Sean McAneny ended up 64th (25:55.1)

Geneseo, which entered the weekend ranked second 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 men's race is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.