GENESEO, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo men's cross country team kicks off the 2019 campaign this Friday at the Cardinal Early Season Invitational at St. John Fisher. Here are six things you need to know about the Knights heading into the season.
1. GENESEO WILL BE IN THE HUNT FOR ITS 17TH-STRAIGHT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCE
Fifth-year head coach Dan Moore looks to guide the Knights to their 17th-consecutive NCAA Division III Championship appearance. Geneseo returns four of its top five runners from last fall's 10th-place team that notched the program's seventh top-10 finish in the last 11 seasons.
2. FIVE TIMES THE FUN
Geneseo won its fifth-consecutive SUNYAC Championship last October after five Knights finished in the top-six to tie the second-lowest winning score (17) in the 56-year history of the meet. Winners of nine of the last 10 titles, Geneseo has won a record 18 SUNYAC crowns - three more than any other program in the conference.
3. RETURN OF THE MAC
Senior Sean McAneney returns after a junior campaign punctuated by an All-American 24th-place effort at the NCAA Championships. Voted the SUNYAC Runner of the Year, he also finished runner-up at the Atlantic Region Championships after finishing first at the SUNYAC Championships.
4. THANK A VETERAN!
McAneny headlines a strong group of returners from last season's NCAA squad, including juniors Matt Sayre and Bradley Farnham and senior Luke Holtzman. Farnham looks to improve upon a third-place finish at the SUNYAC Championships as well as an eighth-place outcome at the NCAA Regionals. Sayre was the Knights' second finisher at the NCAA Championships (62nd) while Holtzman rounded out their top-five (149th). Sophomore Riley Grossman also returns after landing SUNYAC Rookie of the Year honors following a sixth-place showing at the conference championships during his first collegiate season.
5. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, START YOUR ENGINES
Geneseo owns the longest streak in Division III for qualifying both its men's and women's teams to the NCAA Cross Country Championships at 16 years. The Knights' women will be in the hunt for their 21st-consecutive appearance at the national championships, while the men's seek their 17th.
6. MARK YOUR CALENDAR (2019 Schedule)
Geneseo is scheduled to compete on seven dates during the regular season, including the 39th-Annual Mike Woods Invitational at the Letchworth State Park High Banks Recreation Area (Sept. 28). New Paltz will host the SUNYAC Championship (Nov. 2) before St. Lawrence hosts the Atlantic Region Championships (Nov. 16) two weeks later. The NCAA Division III Championships (Nov. 23) return to Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky., where Geneseo finished national runner-up in 2016 for the highest NCAA finish in program history.