Men's Cross Country Finishes 2nd At NCAA Div. III Championships

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - SUNY Geneseo junior Isaac Garcia-Cassani finished an All-America fourth to lead the Knights to second place at the NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country Championships, Saturday, at Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky. The team's finish was the highest in program history. 

Geneseo compiled 204 points to only trail North Central (Ill.), who won the championship with 60 points. 

Garcia-Cassani crossed the finish line with a time of 24:18.0, improving four spots on his eighth-place finish from a season ago to nab his second-consecutive All-America certificate. The finish tied for the second-highest ever by a Geneseo runner with Ted Turner who also finished fourth at the 2004 championships while trailing Lee Berube, who claimed second-place in 2011. 

Wisconsin-Platteville senior Ian LaMere defended his 2015 title, finishing first in the field of 278 runners with a 23:40.4 clocking.

Senior Alex Kramer was Geneseo's second runner across the line, taking 57th (25:10.7) before senior Travis Briggs came across in 74th (25:16.4). Junior Alexander Burks placed 84th (25.19.8) while senior Alfredo Mazzuca ended up 100th (25.23:3) to close the Knights' scoring five. 

Junior Connor Pulvidente landed 115th (25:28.7) while senior Matt Jorgensen placed 188th (25:58.7).

Geneseo was making its 15th NCAA appearance, including its 14th in as many years. The Knights also logged their eighth top-10 finish, moving up one spot from last year's third-place effort.

The 10th All-American in program history, Garcia-Cassani brought home the program's 15th All-America citation.