ONEONTA, N.Y. – The Oswego State men’s and women’s cross country squads had strong showings at the Oneonta Early Bird Invitational by each placing second out of five teams. The Laker men, who tallied 61 points, were paced by Dylan Hardwick‘s (Sr., Watertown, N.Y.) fourth-place finish in 20:08. Meghan Murphy (Fr., Dix Hills, N.Y.) was the top women’s finisher, as she crossed the finish line in 18:12 for fifth place.
On a hot and humid day, Oswego State placed four men in the top 20 of the 6K race. Joining Hardwick in the top ten was Mike Bott (Sr., Camillus, N.Y.) in eighth place with a time of 20:42. Juniors Ryan Korzinski (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) and Ben Sweet (Pine Bush, N.Y.) were 18th and 19th, respectively, with results of 21:08 and 21:19. Rounding out the scoring five for the Lakers was freshman Nick Montesano (Apalachin, N.Y.) in 23rd with a time of 21:23.
“We have a significant amount of depth this year. We know where we need to go from here and are looking forward to moving up in the conference,” said assistant head coach Stephanie Grimm following the meet.
After Murphy’s time, three women’s runners finished within a minute of each other in the 4.5K race. Junior Erin Crise (Fredonia, N.Y.) and sophomores Kathleen Fulton (Oceanside, N.Y.) and Christina Sakowski (Cicero, N.Y.) placed 24th, 25th, and 27th, respectively, with marks of 19:39, 20:03, and 20:26. Katie Riley (So., Camillus, N.Y.) edged out Sarah Popovitch (Fr., Clermont, N.Y.) for the final Laker scoring spot after finishing in 20:42 compared to 20:46.
“Four returning runners bested their times at this course from last year. I am happy with the women’s performance. They’ve put in a lot of work these past two weeks and this was a great start,” said Grimm.
Oswego State will host its own invitational next week on Saturday starting at 11 a.m.