Women’s Cross Country Nabs Fifth-Straight Regional Crown

CANTON, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo senior Genny Corcoran finished second out of 274 runners to lead the Knights to a first place finish out of 38 teams at the NCAA Division III Atlantic Regional Championship on Saturday at St. Lawrence University.   

The Knights won their fifth-consecutive regional title and automatically qualified for their 21st-consecutive NCAA Division III Championship. The top-two teams in the region earned automatic berths. Geneseo also extended the nation's longest streak of qualifying both its men's and women's programs for the NCAA Championships to 17 as the Knights' finished first on the men's side as well. Geneseo is the winningest team in the 32-year history of the Atlantic Region Championships with 12 total titles.

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Geneseo compiled a winning score of 68 points as the Knights placed four runners in the top 20. RPI followed with 83 points, including four top-20 finishers. Ithaca placed third (102) while Rochester (122) and Vassar (168) rounded out the top five.
  • Corcoran covered the six-kilometer couse in 21:06.8, just under five seconds behind the first-place finisher and nearly 90 seconds in front of the third-place finisher. Corcoran earned her second-straight top-three finish after placing third overall at last year's regional championship.
  • Senior Annibel Coolican finished seventh with a time of 22:38.2, followed by junior Mariellen Penzer in 15th (22:58.6) and Melissa Graham in 18th (23:08.6).
  • First-year Ciara Knott rounded out the Geneseo top five with a 26th place finish in 23:16.2, while senior Cassidy McGinn placed 24th (23:28.1) and junior Eileen Reinhardt nabbed 39th (23:38.4).

GENESEO FINISHERS
2. Genny Corcoran 21:06.8
7. Annibel Coolican 22:38.2
15. Mariellen Penzer 22:58.6
18. Melissa Graham 23:08.6
26. Ciara Knott 23:16.2
34. Cassidy McGinn 23:28.1
39. Eileen Reinhardt 23:38.4 

TEAM FINISHES
1. Geneseo 68
2. RPI 83
3. Ithaca 102
4. Rochester 122
5. Vassar 168

WHAT'S NEXT?

Geneseo, which entered the weekend eighth in the latest USTFCCCA national poll and first in the Atlantic Region, will be in action next Saturday (Nov. 23) at the NCAA Division III Championships in Louisville, Ky. at Tom Sawyer State Park.