Saints men's cross country team third in Hoffmann Invitational
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.