Garcia-Cassani, Moore Honored By The USTFCCCA


GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo junior Isaac Garcia-Cassani was named the US Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III Atlantic Region Men's Cross Country Runner of the Year while Knights' head coach Dan Moore swept the Atlantic Region Men's and Women's Coach of the Year awards, announced Tuesday. 

Last Saturday, Garcia-Cassani won his second-consecutive Atlantic Region Championship, besting a field of 303 runners to lead the Knights' to their second-consecutive team championship. Undefeated this season, it was Garcia-Casanni's sixth victory this season after also winning his second-straight State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) title (Oct. 29) last month. 

In only his second season at the helm of the Geneseo cross country program, Moore garnered his second Atlantic Region Women's Coach of the Year recognition to go along with his first men's honor. Leading both teams to back-to-back Atlantic Region Championships, the women clinched their 16th SUNYAC title in 17 years (sixth-straight) while the men clinched their seventh SUNYAC title in eight years (third-straight). 

Ranked third nationally entering the week, the Knights' women will be making their 18th-consecutive NCAA Division III Championship appearance. The Geneseo men, which stand second in the latest national poll, are headed for their 14th NCAA Championship appearance in as many years. Geneseo currently holds the longest streak for qualifying both its men's and women's cross country teams for the NCAA Division III Championships. 

Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky., is the site for this Saturday's national championship races. The women's race is schedule for an 11:00 a.m. gun followed by the men at noon.