GENESEO, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo women's cross country team kicks off the 2019 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. 21ST CENTURY
Fifth-year head coach Dan Moore looks to guide the Knights to their 21st-consecutive NCAA Division III Championship appearance. Geneseo ran to a fifth-place finish last fall for its fifth-straight and ninth top-10 finish in the last 14 years.
2. RELOADING NOT REBUILDING
While four members of last year's NCAA team graduated, including All-American and SUNYAC Runner of the Year Elise Ramirez, Moore welcomes back a strong contingent of returners. Senior Genny Corcoran was the Knights' top NCAA finisher last fall with an All-American 20th-place effort, while senior Taylor Rettig and junior Olivia Baumann are also back after making their first NCAA appearances. Corcoran also finished runner-up to Ramirez at both the SUNYAC and Atlantic Regional Championships, while Rettig and Baumann also garnered All-Region and All-SUNYAC honors. Senior Annibell Coolican looks to move into Geneseo's top seven after a junior campaign that included a ninth-place SUNYAC Championship showing.
3. HIGH FIVE
Geneseo will be in the running for its fifth-consecutive NCAA Atlantic Region Championship. The Knights captured their fourth-straight title a season ago for their 11th crown in the meet's 31-year history. Geneseo is also the only program with more than nine championships.
4. GREAT EIGHT
Geneseo won its eighth-consecutive SUNYAC Championship last fall. The Knights have also won 18 total championship (all in the last 19 years) – two more than any other program in the 35-year history of the race.
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 16 years. The Knights' women will be in the hunt for their 21st-consecutive appearance at the national championships, while the men's seek their 17th.
6. MARK YOUR CALENDAR (2019 Schedule)
Geneseo is scheduled to compete on seven dates during the regular season, including the 39th-Annual Mike Woods Invitational at the Letchworth State Park High Banks Recreation Area (Sept. 28). New Paltz will host the SUNYAC Championship (Nov. 2) before St. Lawrence hosts the Atlantic Region Championships (Nov. 16) two weeks later. The NCAA Division III Championships (Nov. 23) return to Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky., where Geneseo finished third when the meet was last held there in 2016.