HOUGHTON, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo junior Elise Ramirez finished second out of 285 runners to lead the Knights to first place out of 41 teams at the NCAA Division III Atlantic Regional Championships, hosted by Houghton, Saturday.
The finish automatically qualifies the Knights for their 19th-consecutive NCAA Division III Championship race as the top-two teams in the region earn automatic berths. Geneseo also extended the nation's longest streak of qualifying both its men's and women's programs for the NCAA Championships as the Knights' men also were victorious.
Geneseo is now the winningest team in the 30-year history of the Atlantic Region Championships, surpassing Cortland with 10 total titles.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Geneseo placed four runners in the top-10 on its way to a winning score of 41 points. Ithaca finished second with 102 points, followed by RPI (121), St. Lawrence (153) and TCNJ (183) to round out the top-five teams.
- Ramirez covered the six-kilometer course in a time of 21:43.4, only trailing Ithaca senior Taryn Cordani (21:24.3).
- Senior Kristen Homeyer crossed the finish line fifth with a 21:52.4 clocking.
- Sophomore Dana Cebulski was the Knights' third finisher in eighth place in 22:15.0, followed by junior Allison Fernandez in ninth (22:16..9)
- Sophomore Genny Corcoran finished 17th (22:37.6) to close out Geneseo's top-five.
2. Elise Ramirez 21:43.4
5. Kristen Homeyer 21:52.4
8. Dana Cebulski 22:15.0
9. Allison Fernandez 22:16.9
17. Genny Corcoran 22:37.6
19. Carissa DiTullio 22:39.7
27. Annibell Coolican 22:48.4
TOP TEAM FINISHERS
1. Geneseo 41
2. Ithaca 102
3. RPI 121
4. St. Lawrence 153
5. TCNJ 183
Geneseo, which entered the weekend third in the latest USTFCCCA national poll and first in the Atlantic Region, will be in action next Saturday (Nov. 18) at the NCAA Division III Championships in Elsah, Ill., hosted by Principia. The women's race is scheduled to begin at 1:15 p.m. ET.