New York Alumni Run at Nationals

Five college Nationals meets during November included at least a few runners who once ran for New York schools, and most of the ten races on the men's and women's sides at the meets also included at least one team based in New York. Only the guys from SUNY Delhi came away with a championship among the NY teams, but a lot of runners saw their teams finish high up.


Who Ran from NY:  Conor Lundy (Princeton, Fordham Prep) 62, Aidan Tooker (Syracuse, Saratoga) 109, Andrew Tario (Iona, Averill Park) 135, Philo Germano (Syracuse, Albany) 142, John Rice (Texas, Xavier) 213,  Timothy McGowan (Penn State, Northport) 219.    .

Nationals Contest: The two NY-based schools went different ways at Nationals, as Iona moved up from their 20th ranking to finish 12th, while 2015 champ Syracuse had a tough day finishing 13th even though frontrunner Justyn Knight took 1st as the first Canadian to win at Nationals. Conor Lundy cracked the top 100 with a 62nd place for a Princeton team that placed 28th, while Syracuse's Aidan Tooker fell a little short in 109th.

Another NY guy in the race was Air Force's Patrick Sullivan, who ran in high school for Don Bosco Prep in NJ.

NCAA D1 Women

Who Ran from NY:  Sage Hurta (Colorado, Hamilton) 35,  Bella Burda (Villanova, Arlington) 65, Abbey Wheeler (Providence, Elmira)  101, Kathryn Munks (Penn State, Monroe-Woodbury) 106, Sarah Hardie (Columbia, John Glenn) 153,  Amanda Vestri (Iowa State, Webster Thomas) 160,  Fiona Danieu (Columbia, East Aurora) 165, Ella Ketchum (Dartmouth, Poly Prep) 180, Jessica Lawson (Stanford, Corning) 186, Erin Melly (Columbia, Connetquot) 193, Julia Stevenson (Dartmouth, Hackley) 211,  Eva Scott (Syracuse, Burnt Hills) 242, Alexandra DeCicco (Providence, Sachem East) 248.

Nationals Contest: Two New York-based colleges with NY alumni were at Nationals on the women's side too, an they both finished two spots ahead of their rankings, Syracuse in 26th and Columbia in 28th. Three-time States XC champion Sage Hurta was the top alum in at 35th as the second Buffalo in for 3rd-place Colorado, the best showing for any D1 team with NY runners. Another ex States XC champ Bella Burda also finished in the top 100 at 65th for her 12th place Villanova team, which boosted itself one place above its ranking. Abbey Wheeler was one place out of the top 100 as she and Alex DeCicco competed for 16th-place Providence, and five spots behind Wheeler was Penn State's Kathryn Munks who was the second Lion in for her 18th-place team. Another Lion, but from Columbia, was the fifth NY alum in, as Sarah Hardie was the second runner in for her 28th-place team that also included Fiona Danieu (not at regionals) and Erin Melly. Amanda Vestri was the sixth alum in as the third Cyclone finisher for 20th-place Iowa State. Jessica Lawson and her Stanford Cardinal team finished behind Colorado in 4th, and Ella Ketchum and Julia Stevenson's Dartmouth team was 29th.


Who Ran from NY:  Sean Beney (LeMoyne, West Genesee) 67, Gene Baritot  (Edinboro, East Aurora) 158, Christopher Sims (Roberts Wesleyan, Lockport) 176, Niall Coughlin (Merrimack, La Salle) 180.  

Nationals Contest:  There was not a great deal of NY alumni action in men's D2. The only teams at Evansville with an NY runner were Edinboro, PA, with Gene Baritot, as the Fighting Scots finished 29th, and Merrimack, which finished in the final spot at 32nd and included Niall Coughlin. Sean Beney broke into the top 100 as at at-large runner for LeMoyne with a 67th.

NCAA D2 Women

Who Ran from NY:   Megan Caltagirone (Grand Valley State, Pioneer) 48,  Talya Williams (LIU Post, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons), 60, Emily Betts (Roberts Wesleyan, Clarkstown South) 139,  Hope Pietrocarlo (Edinboro, Maple Grove) 151,  Abbey Lang (Edinboro, Lockport) 153,  Rebekkah Bond (University of Mary, Honeoye Falls-Lima) 168,  Veronica Stauffer (Roberts Wesleyan, Brushton-Moira) 188,   Ashley Watson (Roberts Wesleyan, Schuylerville) 192,  Mariah Martone (Roberts Wesleyan, Spencerport) 210,  Brittany Shumway (Roberts Wesleyan, Saranac Lake) 225, Addison Sgroi (Roberts Wesleyan, Faith Heritage) 226, Jordan Hauser (Edinboro, West Seneca West) 233,  Tori Klimowicz (Edinboro, East Aurora) 242.

Nationals Contest: Senior Rebekkah Bond's University of Mary team almost pulled the upset as the Marauders finished just 11 points behind champ Adams State. Megan Caltagirone was the top NY alum in at 48th, though her pre-Nationals 2nd-ranked Grand Valley State team finished 6th. Two teams moving up on their rankings at Nationals included 25th ranked Edinboro with a 19th place and unranked Roberts Wesleyan which finished at the back in 32nd. Talya Williams was again the lone at-large NY alum, and she was in at 60th, pretty close to her 55th spot last year. Emily Betts led Roberts Wesleyan in her senior year by moving up 74 places from last year with a 139th. Hope Pietrocarlo and Abbey Lang closed out Edinboro's scoring as the 4th and 5th Fighting Scots Lassies in at 151st and 153rd.


Who Ran from NY:  Isaac Garcia-Cassani (Geneseo, Sachem North) 6,  Henry Woods (Haverford, Dalton) 18, Ben Torda (Bowdoin, Hastings) 57, Connor Pulvidente (Geneseo, Harborfields) 62, Scott Pourshalchi (Johns Hopkins, Roslyn) 63, Sean O'Connor (RIT, South Kortright) 69, John Hughes (Allegheny, Haldane) 78,  Devin Akerley (Oneonta, Corinth) 87, Aidan Ryan (Williams, Trinity) 91, Jared Moore (Carnegie Mellon, Corning) 95, Evan Feigel (RIT, Pittsford Mendon) 122, Sean McAneny (Geneseo, Greenville) 123, Alex Burks (Geneseo, Mamaroneck) 124, Matt Jorgensen (Geneseo, Pawling) 125,  Theo Henderson (Middlebury, Hackley) 147, Colin Greenseich (Oswego State, Cicero-North Syracuse) 150, James Anderson (RPI, Greece Odyssey) 158,  Brian Bates (MIT, Corning) 196, John Mooney (RIT, Norwich) 197, Colin Kern (Geneseo, Northport) 216, John Ripa (Geneseo, Ward Melville) 224, Jack Wesley (Amherst, Pittsford Mendon) 226, Matthew Dillon (Emory, Arlington) 232, Dan Jones (RIT, Lockport) 255, Benjamin Karam (NYU, Xavier) 257.

Nationals Contest: More than a twelfth of the guys running in the Men's D3 race hailed from New York, and 12 of the full squads out at Elsah, IL, included NY runners. Although a number of the teams had hopes for a title, North Central again took the top prize.  The top 10 teams included two with NY alum, as Amherst and Jack Wesley were 4th and Haverford was 8th with Henry Woods leading the team at 18th. SUNY-Geneseo was again the top NY-based school at 11th, and the Blue Knights' frontrunner Isaac Garcia-Cassani led the NY contingent at 6th. Bowdoin's Ben Torda ran as an at-large selection and was the 3rd NY guy in at 54th. All told, ten NY alum finished in the top 100, and another four came in together at the 122-125 spots.  

Also a big shout-out to an NYU guy who is not an alum but has one of the best-ever XC names, Max Mudd.

NCAA D3 Women

Who Ran from NY:   Victoria Kingham (Williams, Brearley) 24, Kristin Homeyer (Geneseo, Kings Park) 32, Denise Ibarra (Ithaca, Webutuck) 34,  Elise Ramirez (Geneseo, Sachem East) 46, Jamie Lord (RPI, North Rockland) 60, Rachel Bargabos (Rochester, Canastota) 81, Allie Fernandez (Geneseo, Burnt Hills) 104,   Megan Reilly (New Paltz, Warwick Valley) 110,  Dana Cebulski (Geneseo, East Hampton) 114, Genny Corcoran (Geneseo, Westhill) 17,  Emilie Mertz (Ithaca, Milford) 140, Sarah Moon (St. Lawrence, Chittenango) 174,  Carissa DiTullio (Geneseo, Lockport) 186, Maggie Bond (RPI, Watkins Glen) 206, Cassidy Scott (St. Lawrence, Madrid-Waddington) 228, Ashley Leta (St. Lawrence, Seton Catholic-Plattsburgh) 245,  Annibel Coolican (Geneseo, Westhill) 261, Olivia Shenkman (TCNJ, Smithtown) 274.

Nationals Contest: The NY alumni crowd at D3 Women's Nationals turned out to be a more robust 18 rather than 15 projected last week, as some garbled results on MileSplit obscured the fact that St. Lawrence was a fourth team qualifying from the Atlantic regional. SUNY-Geneseo was again the top placing team with NY alum, as the Blue Knights took 6th with Kristin Homeyer and Elise Ramirez finishing in the top 50. The top NY alum finisher was Williams senior Victoria Kingham, who led the Ephs to an 8th place result. Other teams finishing in the top 10 included 9th place Ithaca running with Denise Ibarra and Emilie Mertz, and 10th place RPI with Jamie Lord on the lead.


Who Ran from NY:  Yerow Abshir (Onondaga, Nottingham) 1, Humberto Wallace (Kingsborough, James Madison) 4, D'Andre Mighty (Kingsborough, Clara Barton) 7,  Gabriel Dasilva (Nassau, Garden City) 10, Ilya Wilson (Suffolk, Islip) 13, Steven Beyer (Suffolk, Bayport-Blue Point) 15, Joseph Varca (Suffolk, Sachem North) 17,  Matthew Young (Onondaga, Onondaga) 19

Nationals Contest:  The D3 division of the junior college championships saw Suffolk Community College finishing just 16 points behind Harper for the title. Kingsborough CC, Onondaga CC, Nassau CC, and Mohawk Valley CC also finished in the top 10 at 4th, 7th, 8th, and 9th. The first guy across the line was Yerow Abshir of Onondaga, and Humberto Wallace and D'Andre Mighty were not far back in 4th and 7th for Kingsborough.

NJCCA D3 Women

Who Ran from NY:  Chyanna Bernier (Herkimer, Central Valley) 1, Sherri Metcalfe (SUNY-Adirondack, Queensbury) 2, Tyesha James (Kingsborough, Canarsie) 4, Crystal Silliman (Onondaga,  Marcellus) 9, Catherine Matteo (Nassau, Manhasset) 14, Kim Wrate (Mohawk Valley, New Hartford) 16

Nationals Contest:  Four NY-based NJCCA D3 teams finished in the top 10 behind Harper, with Kingsborough CC in 3rd, Fashion Institute of Technology in 4th, Herkimer CC 6th, and Mohawk Valley CC 7th. But as on the guys' side, the 1st place runner was from NY, as Chyanna Bernier of Herkimer CC finished 8 seconds ahead of SUNY-Adirondack's Sherri Metcalfe. Tyesha James of Kingsborough and Crystal Silliman of Onondaga also finished in the top 10.


Who Ran from NY:   Kobie Lane (SUNY Delhi, Port Jervis) 1, Nicholas Arnecke (SUNY Delhi, Edmeston) 2, Jon Messler (SUNY Delhi, Washingtonville) 3, Lucas Reilly (SUNY Delhi,Port Jervis) 4, Sam Morkal-Williams (Warren Wilson, Ossining) 7, Kevin Malen (SUNY Delhi, Windham-Ashland-Jewett) 13, Ryan Shaw (SUNY ESF, Webster Thomas) 21, James Blough (SUNY Delhi, Mount Academy) 23

Nationals Contest:  The one NY team that won a national championship was SUNY Delhi in the USCAA men's championship, repeating its 2016 win in a very powerful fashion as it took the top four places and scored just 23 points. SUNY-Environmental Sciences and Forestry was 2nd with 37 points. Results are hard to come by for the USCAA, but we found some of the placements, and Kobie Lane, Nicholas Arnecke, Jon Messler, and Lucas Reilly finished 1st through 4th, and Kevin Malen closed out the scoring in 13th.


Who Ran from NY:   Marissa Lathrop (SUNY ESF, Baldwinsville) 5, Julia Lindsay (ACPHS, Scotia-Glenville) 6, Erin Cocca (SUNY ESF, East Aurora) 14, Erin Cuddihy (SUNY ESF, Hamburg) 15, Laura Wengert (SUNY ESF, Jamesville-Dewitt) 16, Emily Booth (SUNY ESF, Hutchinson Tech) 17, Catherine Phelps (ACPHS, Shenendehowa) 18, Emily Verbeck (SUNY ESF, Fayetteville-Manlius) 20

Nationals Contest:  SUNY-Environmental Sciences and Forestry gave a game effort but finished 20 points behind Cleary in the women's side of the USCAA championship. SUNY Delhi was in at 6th down at Virginia Beach. Marissa Lathrop was the top runner in for SUNY ESF in 5th, and Julia Lindsay placed 6th for an Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences team that finished only four runners.