St. Lawrence University's women's cross country team will be making yet another team appearance in the NCAA Division III Championships after a second place finish in the 2013 NCAA Atlantic Region Qualifier at Letchworth State Park.
While the Saints saw their four-year string of Atlantic Regional titles come to an end as NYU won the overall title, they came through with an outstanding performance to earn the second automatic berth for the region, finishing just six points behind NYU and a solid 45 in front of third place College of New Jersey. NYU won the team title with 97 points with the Saints recording 103, TCNJ 148, host Geneseo 149 and Oneonta 177 to round out the top five. Teams three through five from the 38-team field are under consideration for an at-large berth to the championship which will be run in Hanover, IN next weekend.
"Considering who we graduated from last year's team and with Ella Martin having transferred and Margaret MacDonald unable to run due to injury, this was a pretty special performance," said Saint coach Mike Howard. "NYU is a veteran team with a lot of seniors and Geneseo has been ranked in front of us for much of the second part of the season."
Going into Saturday's 6,000 meter race, NYU was ranked ninth nationally and SUNY Geneseo was 10th with the Saints 16th.
Senior Amy Cymerman led the Saints moving up from seventh after 2000 meters to third by the 5000 meter mark and holding that place through the finish. Cymerman ran 21:21.0, finishing 14 seconds behind individual champion Grace Tilton of RPI with Stevens Institute sophomore Amy Regan second.
Senior Ariel Beccia was the second Saint finisher, 12th overall in 21:44.7 while first year Lisa Grohn and junior Anne Martino both improved their position over the final 1000 meters, Grohn finishing 20th and Martino 21st with both times in 22:03.6. Senior Toria Koutras completed the Saint scoring with a 47th place finish in 22:48.6.
Anna Rabideau was the sixth Saint finisher in 23:37.6 and Melanie Swick completed the Saint seven with a 100th place finish in 23:38.3. A total of 269 runners competed in the event.