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Walton graduate Jesse Jacob won the NJCAA Region III women’s cross country championship Saturday, completing a 5-kilometer course at Utica’s Proctor Park in 21 minutes, 23.5 seconds for SUNY Delhi.
“For a week, we were nervous,” Broncos coach Robb Munro said of sophomore Jacob, who made it halfway through the Mountain Valley Conference championship race before dropping out earlier this month because of an undisclosed health issue.
Jacob came back strong Saturday to lead the Broncos to a third-place finish in the regionals, which featured five complete teams and four incomplete squads. Freshman teammate Kerry Connors contributed a fourth in 21:53.8 for Delhi, which had 49 points.
Host Mohawk Valley Community College and Alfred State tied for first with 45 points.
Delhi’s men cruised to the team title with 48 points, 22 ahead of runner-up MVCC in the eight-team event.
Sophomores Josh Myers and Joelsen Resimo finished fourth (30:53.4) and eighth (31:08.1), respectively, in the 8-kilometer run to earn all-region honors. Tom Arcuri of MVCC won the race in 30:14.5.
“It was a complete fresh group,” said first-year Delhi coach Munro, whose team lost its top seven runners from last season’s third-place Region III team. “They really stepped up from last season. We’ll see how they can run at nationals.”
Delhi will host the NJCAA Division III championship meet Nov. 10.
SUNY Cobleskill swept the North Eastern Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday at Lorimer Park in Abington, Pa.
The Fighting Tigers’ men finished with 52 points to edge Morrisville State by two points as Cobleskill won its second straight conference crown and fourth in the last five seasons.
“I am extremely proud of our upper classmen for setting an excellent tone today and running a superb tactical race, and of our entire team on this championship,” Cobleskill coach Mitch Tomaszkiewicz said. “Now it’s time to get ready for the NCAA Regionals.”
Junior Geoff Hall earned First Team All-NEAC honors with a runner-up finish on the 8-kilometer course in 29:20. Sophomore C.J. Sousis also made the First Team, with a fourth in 29:40. Edmeston graduate Zack Dockstader contributed a 21st in 31:36.
Cobleskill’s women won their fourth straight NEAC crown with 34 points.
“We knew going in that no one was going to run very fast, but our ladies didn’t care about time,” Tomaszkiewicz said. “All they wanted to do was win, and that is exactly what they did.”
Sophomore Rebekah Johnson placed second on the 5-kilometer course in 21:55 to earn First Team All-NEAC honors. Junior Samantha Moade (fourth, 22:27) and freshman Kies Orr (sixth, 23:10_ also made the First Team.
The Fighting Tigers will compete in the NCAA North Atlantic Division III Regional Championship at the University of Rochester on Nov. 10.
Oneonta State’s men and women placed third Saturday at the SUNY Athletic Conference Championships at Lake Erie State Park, with point totals of 111 and 85, respectively.
Senior John Longo placed 11th to earn Second Team All-SUNYAC honors for the Red Dragons men, who matched their best finish in the conference championships.
Junior Danielle Kennedy placed third – two spots better than last season – to lead O-State’s women to their best SUNYAC Meet finish and earn First Team accolades.
O-State will compete at the NCAA Atlantic Region Championships on Nov. 10.
Empire 8 Championships
John Stuligross finished eighth for Hartwick’s men during the Empire 8 Conference Championships on Saturday in Saratoga Springs State Park. Stuligross completed the 8-kilometer race in 27:12.99 for the Hawks, who placed fourth as a team.
Monica Prager paced Hartwick’s women, who finished seventh as a team, with a 17th over a 3.04-mile course in 19:19.64.
Hartwick closes its season Nov. 10 at the NCAA Atlantic Region Championships.