Ramirez Named Atlantic Region Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year; Moore Coach of the Year


– SUNY Geneseo senior Elise Ramirez was named the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Atlantic Region Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year while Dan Moore won his fourth-consecutive Coach of the Year honor, announced Tuesday. 

Ramirez finished first out of 299 runners to lead the Knights to their fourth-straight Atlantic Region Championship last Saturday. She crossed the finish line (21:50.45) nearly five seconds ahead of the field to clinch her fourth-consecutive All-Region nod, including a runner-up finish a season ago. Ramirez is Geneseo's fifth Atlantic Region individual champion and the first since Liz Montgomery '08 won back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007. 

Moore was voted the region's top coach for the fourth time in as many years at the helm of the program. He watched all seven Geneseo runners log all-region finishes while compiling a winning team score of 28 points – 61 better than runner-up RPI – for the lowest team score at the championship since the Knights won the 2005 title with 22 points. Geneseo also won its eighth-consecutive State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championship, posting only the second perfect 15-point winning score in the 35-year history of the championship for its 18th title in the last 19 years. 

Ranked third in this week's USTFCCA national poll, the Knights qualified for their 20th-consecutive NCAA Division III Championship appearance. Geneseo currently holds the longest streak for qualifying both its men's and women's teams to the NCAA Division III Championships as the ninth-ranked men's team clinched its 16th-consecutive appearance after posting a runner-up Atlantic Region showing. 

The Ocean Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wisc., is the site for this Saturday's national championship races, hosted by Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The women's race is scheduled for a 12:15 p.m. ET gun followed by the men's race at 1:15 p.m. ET.

2018 USTFCCCA All-Atlantic Region 
Laura Barreca - Sr.
Olivia Baumann - So.
Dana Cebulski - Sr.
Genny Corcoran - Jr.
Allison Fernandez - Sr.
* Elise Ramirez - Sr.
Taylor Rettig - Jr.

Bradley Farnham - So.
Luke Holtzman - Sr.
Sean McAneny - Jr.
Matt Sayre - So.
Jack Tate - Jr.
Sean Welch - Sr.

* Athlete of the Year