Oneonta State senior Danielle Kennedy earned All-America honors with a 19th-place finish Saturday in the NCAA Division III cross country championships at Hanover College in Indiana.
Kennedy’s performance helped the Red Dragons to a 25th-place finish with 579 points.
“Although this is an amazing way to end my cross country career, I am even more proud of my teammates and coach,” Kennedy said in a media release by O-State. “Our ability to remain focused on this trip was obvious and we have proven ourselves to be one of the top teams in the country. I think I speak for all of the women when I say that we are so glad to be Red Dragons.”
The top 35 runners earned All-America honors. Kennedy’s finish at nationals is the highest by an O-State runner, regardless of gender. She became the first O-State runner to be an All-American.
She was also the first female from the SUNY Athletic Conference to cross, edging out Rachel Malone of Brockport, who placed 20th.
Kennedy completed the 6,000-meter course in 21 minutes, 48.7 seconds. Malone finished a second behind Kennedy.
“Obviously this has been a very exciting season for the women’s cross country program at Oneonta,” Red Dragons coah Angelo Posillico said in the media release. “Danielle Kennedy concluded her cross country career as an All-American, the first for the program.”
The Red Dragons’ previous best finish at nationals for a female came in 1989, when Susan Lee placed 54th. On the men’s side, Jim Dever placed 22nd in the 1968 NCAA College Division championship and Jack Callacci was 45th in the 1975 NCAA Division III championship.
The six women who rounded out O-State’s squad Saturday were freshmen Mary Kate Bida, Elizabeth Chichester and Samantha Wilks, sophomore Alyssa Drapeau, and juniors Marielle Genovesi and Jaclyn Masucci.
Bida was the team’s second finisher. She finished 131st in 22:48.3.
Finishing 150th overall was Chichester, who ran a personal-best 22:56.3.
The next two runners were Genovesi and Masucci, who finished 219th and 239th, respectively. Genovesi crossed in 23:34.6 and Masucci finished in 23:46.5. Drapeau crossed one spot behind Masucci in 23:48.3.
Oneonta’s final runner was Wilks. She crossed in 24:22 to place 267th.
SUNY Cobleskill freshman Evan Quinones placed 221st in the men’s race. Quinones, the first Fighting Tigers athlete to compete in an NCAA national championship, completed the 8,000-meter course in 26:44.7.
Oswego 71, Hartwick 69
Kyle Bradley scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Hartwick College, which lost at home in a non-conference game Sunday.
The Hawks (2-2) fell behind by 17 points in the first half, but took a 57-53 lead on a jumper by Joey Lufkin with 7 minutes, 7 seconds left.
Jared Suderley, who had 14 points and eight rebounds, gave Hartwick a two-point lead on a layup with six minutes left. A basket by Bradley increased Hartwick’s lead to 61-57 with 4:59 to play.
Then Daniel Ross scored five straight points for Oswego, giving the Lakers a 62-61 lead.
Hartwick regained the lead on layup from Lufkin at 3:12.
The Lakers went ahead for good with eight seconds left on a layup by Johnson City graduate Rashawn Powell. Following a timeout, the Hawks inbounded the ball. Suderley tried to take a shot but was whistled for going out of bounds. Oswego ran out the remaining seconds.
Matt Petruccione, who hit a half-court buzzer-beater to pull Hartwick to 38-36 at halftime, finished with his college high of 14 points.
Ross had 25 points to lead Oswego (4-1).
Hartwick will travel to play Union College at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Cobleskill 74, Bryn Athyn 67
Alexis Nunez and Mike Marcelin scored 23 and 16 points, respectively, to lead host SUNY Cobleskill to a non-conference victory Saturday.
Cortell King had 15 points and Unatego graduate Travis Woods contributed 12 points and five rebounds for the Fighting Tigers, who evened their record at 1-1.
Cobleskill will host SUNYIT at 5 p.m. Today.
Hartwick 63, Emory & Henry 45
Tournament MVP Brittney Dumas had 18 points and 13 rebounds Saturday to lead Hartwick to victory in the championship game of the Jackie Ammons Memorial Tournament at William Peace College in Raleigh, N.C.
Hartwick (4-0) received 12 points and a game-high seven assists from all-tournament selection Maria Foglia, and 14 points and four assists from Kate Purcell.
It marks the first time Hartwick has started a season with four straight wins since the 1994-95 season.
Emory & Henry led, 29-27, at halftime and briefly held a three-point lead in the second half.
Hartwick took the lead for keeps with a 9-0 run in the second half. Dumas hit a basket, Foglia made two free throws, Emily Stone made a three-pointer and Kait Veit hit a pair of free throws during the run.After the Wasps closed to 46-40, Hartwick answered with a 9-1 spurt.
Purcell made a three-pointer and Dumas converted on a three-point play as the Hawks took a 12-point lead. When Purcell hit her third three of the night, Hartwick’s lead was 14 with less than three minutes left.
Hartwick will travel to play Union College at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Rochester 60, O-State 55
Lyteshia Price and Alyshia Crawford scored 18 and 13 points, respectively, but visiting Oneonta State fell Saturday in a non-conference game.
The Red Dragons (3-1) led, 47-39, when Price hit a jumper with 9 ½ minutes left. Their lead was still, 48-43, when Sarah Longto made a free throw, but Rochester scored the next nine points to take a 52-48 lead.
When Price hit a pair of free throws with 1:12 remaining, O-State held a 55-54 lead.
Ally Zywicki answered with a three-pointer and then went 3-for-4 from the line over the final 29 seconds to seal the victory for Rochester. Zywicki finished with a game-high 25 points.
The Red Dragons will travel to city rival Hartwick on Dec. 3.
Bryn Athyn 62, Cobleskill 57
Freshman Shelby Preston had 15 points and eight rebounds, but host SUNY Cobleskill fell in a non-conference game Saturday.
Kady Porterfield contributed 13 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks for the Fighting Tigers (0-3).
Samantha Davis and Tracee Schiebel had 14 and 11 points, respectively, for Cobleskill, which host SUNYIT at 7 tonight.
The host school swept the SUNY Delhi Fall Invitational on Saturday, with the men compiling 488 ½ points and the women winning with 358.
The men beat runner-up Bard College by 257 points. The women held a 205-point edge over runner-up Herkimer College Community College.
Delhi’s 200-yard medley men’s relay team of Ryan Ferraro, Mathew Salle, Donny Martell and Jacob Moore won in a school-record time of 1 minute, 49.17 seconds. The previous record of 1:51.10 was set in 2001.
The Broncos’ 200 free women’s relay squad also set a school record, which also broke the Mountain Valley Conference it set last week. Jacqueline Graziano, Vanessa Brown, Lily McEnaney and Keannie Rodriguez touched in 1:52.18. The mark they set last week at the Herkimer CCC Invitational was 1:58.58.
Rodriguez also won the 200 free (2:09.99), the 50 free (26.93) and the 100 free (1:00.56).
Salle also wins in both diving events, winning the 1-meter with 282.15 points and the 3-meter with 194.55. Salle also touched first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.54.
Other individual winners for Delhi were Don Martell (the 200 IM, 2:18.49 and the 500 free, 5:51.90); McEnaney (the 100 butterfly, 1:07.74 and the 100 breaststroke, 1:19.40); Ferraro (the 200 free, 2:02.31 and the 100 backstroke, 1:03.87); Kaleb Zedack (the 100 butterfly, 1:06.63 and the 1,650 free, 22:06.24); and Ryan Gallagher (100 free, 58.28).
SUNY Cobleskill’s men finished fourth and its women were sixth.
The Fighting Tigers’ Alex Steelman won her fourth individual competition of the season, with a score of 175.15 in 1-meter diving.
North Country Invitational
Oneonta State’s men and women swept the North Country Invitational on Saturday at Potsdam State.
The men compiled 691 ½ points, more than 300 points better than runner-up Clarkson.
Jermaine Miller won the 1-meter diving event with 331.75 points. He also won the 3-meter competition with 272.10 points.
Lucas Santiago, Colton Roe and Joseph Galan won two events apiece. Santiago placed first in the 100 butterfly (53.50) and the 200 butterfly (1:58.70); Roe won the 100 backstroke (52.65) and the 200 backstroke (1:55.22); and Galan touched first in the 200 individual medley (1:58.34) and the 400 IM (4:13.37).
O-State’s women finished with 545 points, 100 points ahead of the second-place team.
Sophomore Lauren Zentko won the 500 free (5:17.85), the 100 butterfly (1:01.51) and the 400 IM (4:46.81). She also swam on two winning relays and finished the day with 48 points.
Melissa Erickson (1,650 free, 18:56.30), Hillary Chocko (200 IM, 2:19.63) and Kelly Ruf (200 butterfly, 2:17.56) also earned wins for O-State.
The Red Dragons will compete in the ECAC Winter Championships Dec. 6-8 at Lehman College
at Hamilton College
Hartwick’s men went 2-1 and the Hawks women finished 1-2 in a quad meet Saturday at Hamilton.
The Hawks’ men defeated Hamilton, 190-98, and downed Geneseo, 186-108, but fell, 145-143, to Ithaca.
Luke Grunewald and Jeremy Torres had two wins apiece to lead Hartwick. Grunewald placed first in the 1,000 free (9:55.81) and the 500 free (4:48.66). Torres won the 200 breaststroke (2:10.64) and the 100 breaststroke (59.98).
Hartwick’s women beat Hamilton, 183-105. They lost to Ithaca, 192-102, and fell, 173-125, to Geneseo.
Gwen Mathias led Hartwick with wins in the 1,000 free (10:55.94) and the 500 free (5:18.82). Clare Nelson contributed a victory in the 200 breaststroke, touching in 2:28.88.
Hartwick’s men are 9-1 and the women are 7-3.
The Hawks will compete in the Ithaca College Invitational on Dec. 6.