The Drumlins Golf Club in Syracuse, NY was cold, damp and windy today as it served as the course for the 2014 USCAA Cross Country National Championships. With an air temp of 39 and winds pushing the wind chill below the freezing mark, the Mountaineers had their sites on National Championships hardware. Alas, that vision would not come to fruition as the course and the conditions took their toll.
For the Women:
As has been the case all season and for most of her career, senior Mercy Kershner was the fastest Mountaineer finishing in 16th place overall with a time of 25:07.1 over the 6K course. Kershner was followed by sophomore Gabrielle Sabino (25:41 22nd place), freshman Eron Gonterman (26:39 34th), sophomore Olamide Adejuma (28:23 45th), junior Gabrielle Sawyer (28:39 48th), sophomores Megan Hale (29:47 72nd) and Esther Omolola (30:21 81st).
Berea finished an overall 6th, while the women's competition was won by Dine College while medalist honors went to Cleary University's Elaine Lowe who ran a 23:04.
For the Men:
Senior stalwart Tarrance O'Connor struggled in muck and mier of upstate New York, but freshman Nicolas Robinson, appeared to be right at home in the challenging conditions. Robinson finished 13th overall with a time of 28:14 over the 8k course. For his finish, Robinson received USCAA All-American, Second Team honors as the first seven finishers received first team accolades, while the next seven earn second team status.
Other finishers for men included: sophomore Casey Monti (28:23 18th place) O'Connor (28:43 23rd) senior Michael James (29:01 26th) freshman Emmanuell Kemmei (29:04 28th) sophomores Job Limo (29:39 40th) and Zachary Raab (30:04 47th).
The Mountaineers finished 4th overall, as SUNY-ESF (Environmental Science and Forestry) running on their home course, captured their fourth consecutive USCAA National Championship and their lead runner, senior Timmy Callahan took medalist honors with a time of 26:46.