Saints men's cross country team third in Hoffmann Invitational
Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 4:15 am

Cortland State runners took the top seven positions and ran away with the team title at St. Lawrence University's Ronald C. Hoffmann Invitational for the second straight year.

Cortland compiled a perfect score of 15 points to lead the ten-team field with the University of Toronto finishing second with 49 and the host Saints third with 72. Clarkson was fourth followed by Plattsburgh State, the Ottawa Lions, a Saint alumni team, LeMoyne, Canton and Potsdam State.

Junior Nick Marcantonio led the Cortland sweep, winning in 25:45.06, four second ahead of senior teammate Pat Fannon. Toronto's Sacha Smart prevented a Cortland sweep of the top seven spots as he took sixth while senior Brendan Courneene was the top Saint finisher, ninth overall in 26:06.07 on the eight kilometer SLU course.

Trevor Bibb was the second Saint finisher, 12th overall in a 114 runner field, in 26:20.47 while the trio of Steve Petramale, Landen Elliott-Knaggs and Spencer Patterson finished 18th, 19th and 20th to complete the Saint scoring. The three were seven seconds apart with Petramale finishing in 26:35.46, Elliott-Knaggs in 26:39.54 and Patterson in 26:42.06.

Another Saint pack of three finished in 22nd, 23rd and 24th with Thomas Caulfield leading teammates Scott Smolensky and Wesley Kirui across the line. Caulfield finished in 26:47.14, Smolensky in 26:52.66 and Kirui in 27:03.71. Jason Hardacre was 29th in 27:28.24 with Joe Smith 31st in 27:31.39, Jon Eng, 33rd in 27:43.80, Aaron Tompkins 35th in 27:51.03, Adam Jarombek 42nd in 28:06.57, Adam Bankert 43rd in 28:07.71, Joshua Ringer 48th in 28:25.69 and Ben Fishbein was 51st in 28:38.05. Will Manning finished 55th in 28:46.86, Dan Driscoll was 64th in 29:04.25, Ellis Toll was 66th in 29:10.91, Harrison Sloan 70th in 29:22.77, Alec MacCrory 71st in 29:25.26, Dennis Korir 72nd in 29:26.06 and Evan Garvey 75th in 29:47.10. Tyler Baldino finished 79th in 30:09.91, Kyle Blanchette 86th in 30:24.39 and Fletcher Starnes was 89th in 30:40.20.

The Saints have a week off before beginning "championship season" with the NYSCTC Championship at Hamilton on Oct. 26.