Runners from Cortland State swept the top three spots and the Red Dragons edged St. Lawrence in a battle of top-30 men's cross country teams at the 21st annual Ronald C. Hoffmann Invitational on the St. Lawrence campus on Saturday.
Cortland, ranked 16th nationally, finished with 26 points with five runners in the top 12, while the Saints, 26th in the country among Division III teams, were second with 49 points in a nine team field. The Ottawa Lions were third with 90 followed by a St. Lawrence alumni team with 120, Clarkson with 126, the University of Ottawa with 163, SUNY Canton with 205, Paul Smith's with 216 and Potsdam State with 262.
Cortland senior Tom Hopkins was the individual winner in 25:55.86 for the 8 kilometer wet course with teammates Cody Amengual and Nick Marcantonio holding off Saint senior Sam Rakoc, who finished fourth in 25:59.80. Saint freshman Spencer Patterson finished fifth in 26:05.74 with Trevor Bibb 11th in 26:50.86, Scott Smolensky 13th in 26:56.41 and Brendan Courneene completed the Saint scoring with a 16th place finish in 26:58.71.
Other Saint finishers included Philip Marshall, 19th in 27:03.28 with Zach Nelson completing the Saint top seven with a 23rd place finish in 27:15.77. Harrison Sloan was 24th in 27:25.25 with Steven Petramale 27th in 27:36.81, Landen Elliott-Knaggs 30th in 27:49.65, Jeff Mogavero was 33rd in 27:55.12 with Wesley Kirui less than a second behind in 34th in 27:55.90. Corey Hahnl was 38th in 28:19.63 with Jason Hardacre 40th in 28:25.85, Will Moynihan 58th in 29:18.92, Ben Washburn 63rd in 29:30.8, Ellis Toll 69th in 29:47.46, Tyler Harris 75th in 30:14.2, Adam Bankert 78th in 30:27.03 and Bryan Geiger was 81st in 30:44.28.
The Saints are now idle until Oct. 20 when they will run in the NYSCTC Championships at Nazareth.