WAPPINGER FALLS, N.Y. – Dylan Hardwick (Sr., Watertown, N.Y.) and Meghan Murphy (Fr., Dix Hills, N.Y.) paced the Oswego State men’s and women’s cross country teams to sixth- and eighth-place finishes, respectively, at the 2011 SUNYAC Cross Country Championships hosted by SUNY New Paltz at Bowdoin Park. The Laker men narrowly missed placing fifth by four points with a team score of 147 points, while the Laker women posted 233 points.
Hardwick crossed the finish line of the 8K race in 26:41.89 to earn 13th place and Second Team All-SUNYAC honors, while Murphy registered her best time of the season in a 6K distance with a time of 24:37.10 for 31st and the eighth-fastest time in program history. Hardwick became the first Laker male harrier to receive all-conference honors since 2005 with Weston Fellows also placed 13th.
Hardwick was joined in the top 25 by senior Mike Bott (Camillus, N.Y.), who placed 22nd with a time of 27:03.72. Ryan Korzinski (Jr., Ballston Spa, N.Y.) recorded a time of 27:14.63 for a 27th place result, while Nick Montesano (Fr., Apalachin, N.Y.) and Ben Sweet (Jr., Pine Bush, N.Y.) were neck-and-neck to the finish line. Montesano edged Sweet by less than a second with a time of 27:53.17 for a 42nd place finish, giving the men’s team a pack time of 1:12.
On the women’s side, Christina Sakowski (So., Cicero, N.Y.) was the second Laker female harrier to finish the race with a time of 25:46.10 for 43rd place. The next three finishers clocked times within 21 seconds of each other. Barb Scheibel (Fr., Fabius, N.Y.), Katie Riley (So., Camillus, N.Y.), and Erin Crise (Jr., Fredonia, N.Y.) earned 50th, 54th, and 55th place, respectively, with Scheibel posting a time of 26:36.12, Riley earning a time of 26:57.04, and Crise posting a time of 26:57.60.
Geneseo took first place in both team races, while Lee Berube of Geneseo became a three-time individual champion with a time of 25:24.69 for the men and Stefanie Braun of Plattsburgh took top honors on the women’s side with a time of 22:39.13.
The Lakers will have a weekend off before competing at the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships hosted by St. Lawrence on Saturday, November 12.