Head coach Mike Woods '69 takes the Geneseo women's and men's cross country teams to the trail on Saturday, November 19 for the NCAA Division III national championships hosted by Wisconsin Oshkosh in Winneconne, Wisconsin.
The women's team takes to the course at 12 p.m. EST as the eighth-ranked squad in the latest USTFCCCA Division III national poll, with all seven runners claiming some level of postseason recognition. Geneseo won their 11th SUNYAC title in the past 12 years and placed second at the Atlantic Region championships.
Senior Alyssa Smith paces the Blue Knights, earning first team All-SUNYAC and All-Atlantic Region recognition with a third place and sixth place finish, respectively. Senior Ashley Jones has run well of late, posting a first team All-SUNYAC sixth place performance at the conference meet and earning All-Region with a 16th place.
Junior Danae Polsin earned first team All-SUNYAC (fourth) and All-Region (21st), junior Brigid Heenan (ninth) and first year Alyssa Knott (14th) claimed second team All-SUNYAC, while first year Cassie Goodman (20th) and junior Emily Sullivan (28th) earned All-Region status.
The Blue Knights make their 13th straight appearance at the national meet and 18th overall, winning the national championship in 2005 and finishing 12th in 2010.
On the men's side, Geneseo boasts a #10 ranking in the latest USTFCCCA Division III poll and takes the course at 1 p.m. EST. Five of the Blue Knight seven earned first team All-SUNYAC and two others claimed second team All-SUNYAC as Geneseo dominated the SUNYAC championships to win their third straight and ninth of the past 12 conference races.
A second place finish at the Atlantic Region championships gave the Geneseo team an automatic bid to the national meet as senior Lee Berube captured his second straight individual title to go along with three consecutive SUNYAC individual crowns.
Senior Eddie Novara runs on the heels of Berube, placing second at the SUNYAC and third at the regional, while junior Tom Clark claimed both All-SUNYAC and All-Region recognition by placing fourth and 16th, respectively.
Seniors Mark Streb (59th) and AJ Corcoran (92nd) look to put a tough regional day behind them and mirror the SUNYAC race, which saw Streb finish third and Corcoran take seventh.
Rounding out the squad are senior Chris Carter, who was 10th at the SUNYAC and 36th at the regional, and sophomore Chris Moore, who ran 11th at the conference meet and 39th at the regional.
Geneseo makes their ninth consecutive trip to the nationals and 10th overall hoping to better their program-best sixth place in 2009 and seventh place finish in 2010.