Johnston paces Saints men's cross country to 17th straight conference crown
Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 12:28 am

The No. 6 St. Lawrence University men's cross country team won the 2010 Liberty League Championship in impressive fashion on Saturday in Geneva, NY, as the Saints scored the minimum 15 points after taking the top-5 spots. Junior John Johnston picked up his first collegiate victory and led the Saints to the program's 17th consecutive conference title.

Johnston and classmate Seth Jackson went head-to-head all the way to the finish line, but the Rockwood, ON native crossed the finish line .87 seconds ahead of his teammate. Johnston won the event officially in 26:08, while Jackson was the runner-up in 26:09.

Senior captain Dan Ramsey finished third overall in 26:24, followed by junior Steve Kiplagat in fourth place (26:31). Sophomore Sam Rakoc capped the perfect scoring with a fifth place finish, one second ahead of Clarkson's Alex Benway in 26:35.

The impressive finishes didn't stop there for the Scarlet and Brown, as six other Saints had top-20 showings. Seniors Ian Schofield and Josh LeBlanc finished in ninth and tenth place, respectively. Senior captain Chris Funch was 13th, followed by juniors Alex Calderwood and Tim Liponis in 14th and 15th. Meanwhile, first-year student Brendan Courneene was the first rookie to cross the finish line in 20th position.