St. Lawrence University's men's cross country team will have to wait and see as far as its chances for a sixth straight trip to the NCAA Division III Championship meet after a good performance at the 2013 NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships at Letchworth State Park.
The Saints qualified for at-large consideration with a fourth place finish, one spot better than last season's regional result which did end up providing an at large bid. The Saints will discover their fate after the selection committee meets later this weekend. The top two teams in the 39-team field earned automatic qualification for the NCAA Championship in Hanover, IN next weekend.
Cortland dominated the race, finishing with all five scorers in the top 15 and scoring 37 points while NYU was second with 62 and host Geneseo was third with 103. The Saints had 118 points and RPI took fifth with 148 to qualify for at-large consideration.
"We ran our best race of the season today at a time when we needed it most. The course conditions at Letchworth State Park were excellent today as was the competition, actually the best we have seen this season and it certainly brought the best out of the guys. I was ecstatic to see each of our runners execute our pre-race plan to a tee," said coach John Newman." Our five man spread was one of our best ever at a regional meet at 28 seconds and we had 5 all region selections".
Junior Trevor Bibb was the top Saint finisher as he finished 11th overall in 25:23.3, one of three top-25 finishers for the Saints.
Bibb was 26th at the 2000 meter mark, moved up to third at the 5k mark and was 4th at 6.6 kilometers in the 8k race in a race which saw the top 15 finish within a span of 25 seconds.
Sophomore Spencer Patterson also turned in a strong performance, moving from 56th at the 2k mark to 17th at 6.6k and finishing 18th in 25:34.3 while freshman Thomas Caulfield was the third Saint finisher in 24th overall at 25:39. Junior Scott Smolensky finished 32nd in 25:51.3 while sophomore Wesley Kirui was 33rd in 25:51.3. The Saints' five scorers finished within a span of 28 seconds.
Seniors Brendan Courneene and Landen Elliott-Knaggs rounded out the Saint team in the race with Courneene 36th in 26:01.7 and Elliott-Knaggs 74th in 26:37.6.