HOUGHTON, N.Y. – The Oswego State women’s and men’s cross country squads returned to action at the Houghton Cross Country Invitational on Saturday. The Laker women finished sixth out of 13 teams with 179 points during the 5K race, while the Laker men placed fourth of 13 teams with 135 points in an 8K race. Indiana Wesleyan women and RIT men garnered first place finishes with 22 and 44 points, respectively.
Kathleen Fulton was the first Oswego State woman across the finish line with a time of 19:07 for 22nd place. Katie Bott and Erin Crise followed Fulton with times of 19:23 and 19:43, respectively, which was good for 28th and 36th place. Christina Sakowski finished in 44th place after posting a result of 20:12. The fifth-scoring Oswego State woman was Beth Tranes, who turned in a time of 20:26 for 49th.
Assistant cross country coach Phil Goodwin stated, “I’m very pleased with our performance today. The women are taking great strides this season in building up. Our goal is to take a step each week towards the Championship season and they exceeded my expectations for today.”
On the men’s side, the Lakers took fourth due in part to the top five finishers placing from 20th to 33rd. Mike Bott was the top men’s finisher with a time of 26:38 in 20th place. Dylan Hardwick was seconds behind Bott in 22nd place with a time of 26:43. The next three Oswego State scorers, Jeff Rozler, Ryan Korzinski, Samson Dikeman, all finished within four seconds of each other as Rozler posted a time of 27:04 for 28th place. Korzinski and Dikeman placed 32nd and 33rd, respectively, after being separated by less than one second.
“I’m really proud of the men’s team. They showed up with a lot of good competition and handled it very well. We are looking forward to running at the Geneseo Invitational where we look to continue to our performances, ” said assistant coach Goodwin.
Both squads compete at the Geneseo Invitational next Saturday.