CANTON, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo senior Sean McAneny finished second out of 300 runners to lead the Knights to first place out of 42 teams at the NCAA Division III Atlantic Regional Championships, hosted by St. Lawrence on Saturday. The Knights clinched their 17th-consecutive NCAA Division III Championship appearance, earning an automatic berth. Geneseo also extended the nation's longest streak of qualifying both its men's and women's programs for the NCAA Championships to as the Knights' finished first on the women's side as well.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Geneseo compiled a score of 30 points, edging out last year's regional champion RPI (57). Host St. Lawrence (136) and Ithaca (137) were separated by just one point in third and fourth place, respectively, while Oneonta (166) claimed fifth.
- McAneny traversed the eight-kilometer course in 25:14.1, less than a second behind RPI's Noah Falasco (25:13.3).
- Senior Luke Holtzman (25:18.6) and junior Matthew Sayre (25:18.8) crossed at nearly the same time to take third and fourth place while senior Lucas Sutton finished sixth, crossing in 25:27.4.
- First-year Ezra Ruggles rounded out the Geneseo top five with a 15th-place finish, crossing in 25:41.7 while junior Bradley Farnham and sophomore Riley Grossman finished 20th and 21st, respectively.
1. Geneseo 30
2. RPI 57
3. St. Lawrence 136
4. Ithaca 147
5. Oneonta 166
Geneseo, which entered the weekend ranked ninth in the latest USTFCCCA national poll and first in the Atlantic Region, will compete at the NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. The men's race is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. ET.