CANTON -- With more than half of the top 10 constituted of Clarkson University Cross Country members, the Golden Knights' men's and women's runners dominated the 2014 Kangaroos Cross Country Invitational on Saturday.
The Golden Knights' men had three of the top five, seven of the top 10, 10 of the top 15 and 18 of the top 30, Clarkson scored just 25 points in the 5,000-meter event at SUNY Canton. Plattsburgh was second at 46, followed by Johnson State (98), host SUNY Canton (104) and Potsdam State (108).
The women weren't quite so dominant overall (14 of the top 30 total, but four of the top five and seven of the top 10), but actually scored lower with just 21 points with the fifth runner taking seventh overall. Potsdam State was a distant second (71), followed by Plattsburgh State (74), SUNY Canton (100), and Johnson State (105).
Freshman AJ Beers (Central Square, NY) came in second place with a time of 17:22 (5:36 mile), 34 seconds off the pace of the top finisher, and was he was followed by classmate Matt Danosky (Attleboro, MA) just a second later.
Sophomore Lukas Patrizio (Port Chester, NY) took fifth place in 17:40 and another freshman, Kris Lizins (Elverson, PA) came in seventh to round out the scoring. Freshmen Taylor Fenoff (Saratoga Springs, NY), Jacob Erdman (Gouverneur, NY), and Michael Fife (Alton, NH) closed out the top 10 for the Knights.
On the women's side, sophomore Victoria Hathaway (Troy, NY) came in second place with a time of 21:12, 12 seconds shy of the top time. Senior Sarah Governale (Wading River, NY) took third in 21:23, while freshman Tara Siegle (Poland, NY) came in fourth in 21:59 and junior Lindsey McCormick (Gouverneur, NY) crossed the finish line at 22:12.
McCormick's classmate Ashley Forshey (Scotia, NY) closed out the Clarkson scoring by coming in seventh in 22:53, but Allie Day (North Yarmouth, ME) and Chelsea Farinacci (Huntington, NY) were right behind her in eighth and ninth, respectively.