Beccia, Cymerman 1-2 as Saints women's xcountry team takes Saratoga title
Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 9:06 am

St. Lawrence University's women's cross country team placed three in the top ten and had all five scorers in the top 25 to register an impressive victory in the Saratoga Cross Country Invitational hosted by RPI at the Saratoga State Park on Friday.

Seniors Ariel Beccia and Amy Cymerman finished first and second in the race, Beccia leading the 173-runner field in 17:25.7 with Cymerman just under six seconds back in second in 17:31.0 on a 5K course. Sophomore Margaret MacDonald, who returned to action after missing all of last year's track season due to injury and illness, was the third Saint finisher with a time of 18:05.6 overall while junior Anne Martino was 13th in 18:25.0 and senior Toria Koutras completed the Saint scoring with a 25th place finish in 18:47.7.

Freshman Lisa Grohn was the sixth Saint finisher in 18:50.2 while sophomore Melanie Swick completed the Saint top seven in 42nd overall in 19:20.3.

The Saints, ranked first in the Atlantic Region and 11th nationally in the latest polls, finished with 48 points with Ithaca second with 95, followed by New Platz with 109, Vassar with 113, Hamilton with 117 and RPI with 124 in a 13-team field.

Other Saint competitors in the race included Kelsey Leder, who was 60th in 19:39, Kate Sneden, 66th in 19:46.4, Lydia Vogt was 86th in 20:11.3, Mary Beth Benzing was 94th in 20:20.8, Claire Pacione 115th in 20:57.2, Katie Mannix 127th in 21:116.4 and Sophia Dastoli finished 134th in 21:42.1.

SLU will have a week off before returning to action at the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh on Oct. 5.