Plattsbugh State Cardinals Beat 5-Team Field, Take Own Classic

 PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.  - Plattsburgh State took the top five scoring places en route to a win in Saturday's Cardinal Classic men's cross country event at the Field House Rugar Woods, finishing with a perfect team score of 15 points.  Middlebury was second with 52 points, followed by Clarkson (65), Norwich (119) and   

Vermont Tech (148).   COMPLETE MEET RESULTS

The Cardinals were paced by Mike Heymann who captured his second straight individual title by covering the 5-kilometer course in 15 minutes and 44 seconds.  Teammates Paul Allison and Alex Sico were second and third overall in 16:05 and 16:12, respectively.  Seth Yernye (16:21) and Bobby Grimm (16:28) rounded out the scoring for Plattsburgh. 

"We are looking strong this early in the year, and there is still more improvement left in the guys. We can be pretty dangerous if we stick together and run as a pack," Plattsburgh coach John Lynch said.  "We had several improving times today from last week, including captain Joe Ver who dropped 25 seconds for a personal-best of 16:41.



 Cardinals Top No. 14 Middlebury for Classic Crown   

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -   The unranked Plattsburgh State women's cross country team captured its own Cardinal Classic championship on Saturday by virtue of a tiebreaker, defeating 14th-ranked Middlebury in the process.  The Cardinals and Panthers were tied in the team standings with 28 points, but Plattsburgh was declared the team champion because its sixth-place competitor crossed the finish line before Middlebury's sixth-place finisher. COMPLETE MEET RESULTS

Rounding out the team scores were Clarkson in third place with 96 points and Norwich was fourth with 100.

Middlebury's Alexandra Krieg took top individual honors by navigating the 5-kilometer course in 18 minutes and 57 seconds.  She finished fourth overall at last year's NCAA Division III Championships, earning All-America accolades.

Jennifer Schaffhouser was Plattsburgh's top finisher and second overall today, clocking in at 19:05.  5 Martha Brown (20:07), Jen Taft (20:13), Colleen Cotey (20:18) and Stefanie Braun (20:20) occupied spots 5 through 8 to round out the scoring for the Cardinals.

Jen Modzel (20:23) was the hero for the Cardinals as the team's sixth-place finisher, edging the Panthers Grace Giles by five seconds.  Modzel ran 1:10 faster than she did at last weekend's Battle of the North Country meet.

"I was very pleased to see every woman run faster than last week--and most by over 30 seconds. Our top 5 average time was 36 seconds faster than last weekend," said Plattsburgh coach John Lynch, referring to the Battle of the North Country meet.  "Freshmen Martha Brown, Colleen Cotey and Stefanie Braun had outstanding races, and they were encouraged by their captains Jen Taft and Jen Modzel who finished in the same pack."