GENESEO, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo women's cross country team kicks off the 2018 campaign this Friday at the Cardinal Early Season Invitational at St. John Fisher. Here are six things to know about the Knights heading into the season.
1. GENESEO WILL BE IN THE HUNT FOR THEIR 20TH-STRAIGHT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCE
Fourth-year head coach Dan Moore looks to guide the Knights to their 20th-consecutive NCAA Division III Championship appearance. Geneseo ran to a sixth-place finish last fall for its fourth-straight top-10 finish and eighth in the last 13 years.
2. VETERANS DAY
Geneseo returns six of the top-seven runners from last year's NCAA squad, including three seniors and two juniors. Senior Elise Ramirez is the top returner following a 46th-place effort that put her just outside All-America status, followed by classmates Allison Fernandez (104th) and Dana Cebulski (114th). Juniors Genny Corcoran and Annibell Coolican along with sophomore Carissa DiTullio are all back as well.
3. CONNECT FOUR
Geneseo will be in the running for its fourth-consecutive NCAA Atlantic Region Championship. The Knights captured their third-straight title a season ago and became the first program in the region to win 10 total championships in the 30-year history of the meet while surpassing Cortland for the most all-time. Ramirez finished runner-up in the individual race and leads six of seven returning Knights that finished in the top-30, including Cebulski (8th), Fernandez (9th), Corcoran (17th), Ditullio (19th) and Coolican (27th).
4. GREAT EIGHT
Geneseo won its seventh-consecutive SUNYAC Championship last October, earning its 17th title in the last 18 years to surpass Cortland for the most team titles in the 34-year history of the race. Ramirez won the individual championship to lead nine Knights (eight which return in 2018) in the top-16. Fernandez (3rd), Cebulski (4th), Ditullio (7th), Corcoran (8th), Junior Taylor Rettig (11th), Coolican (15th), senior Brooke Madry (16th) look to clinch Geneseo's eighth-consecutive conference title.
5. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, START YOUR ENGINES
Geneseo owns the longest streak in Division III for qualifying both its men's and women's teams to the NCAA Cross Country Championships at 15 years. The Knights' women will be in the hunt for their 20th-consecutive appearance at the national championships, while the men's seek their 16th.
6. MARK YOUR CALENDAR (2018 Schedule)
Geneseo is scheduled to compete on seven dates during the regular season, including the 38th-Annual Mike Woods Invitational at the Letchworth State Park High Banks Recreation Area (Sept. 29). Fredonia will host the SUNYAC Championship (Oct. 27) before Rowan (N.J.) hosts the Atlantic Region Championships (Nov. 10) two weeks later. Ocean Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wisc. will be the site of the NCAA Division III Championships (Nov. 17).