Lady Pioneers Win Cross Country National Championships

Cross Country National ChampsThe Alfred State College women's cross country raced to the NJCAA Division III National Championship on Saturday in Westfield, MA.  The national championship is the second in the progam's history and first since 2003.

Tara Murphy (Rochester/Wilson) led the Pioneer contingent with a 7th place finish.  She finished the 5k course in 19:52.38.  Diana Burley (Warsaw) was 8th in 19:52.65, Emily Geesaman (Addison) was 21st (20:54), and Kim Lupo (Auburn) was 25th (20:59.9).  Claire Holleran (Penfield) was the 5th in for ASC finishing in 39th (21:31.47).

The Lady Pioneers scored 78 points on the day followed by SUNY Delhi 83.  Ocean CC was 3rd with 92, Mohawk Valley CC was 4th with 104, and Suffolk CC was 5th with 140 points.  There were 16 full teams competed in the race and 108 athletes crossed the finish line.

Murphy and Burley earned 2nd team NJCAA All-American honors with their top ten finishes.  Head Coach Gary Moore was named the NJCAA Coach of the Year at the awards ceremony at the conclusion of the event.

The race course was modified from the original course due to the last weekend's snowstorm that hit the east coast.  Most of the 5k course was run on roads instead of in the park.

The national championship was the 13th in the history of Alfred State and the third by a women's team.