GENEVA - Sophomore Kyle Dash paced the Paul Smith's College men's cross country team to a third-place finish at Saturday's Cross Country Only Championships (CCOC) held at Seneca Lake State Park.
Dash of Java Village recorded his season personal record with a time of 28:15, which was good enough for fifth place overall in the 8-kilometer race. It was Dash's third straight top five finish.
Clarkson's Alex Benway was the top men's runner, crossing the line in 26:50 to lead the Golden Knights to a team victory with 21 total points. SUNY-IT was second with 81 points, followed by Paul?Smith's with 107. It was the best finish for the Bobcats at the CCOC.
Paul Smith’s sophomore Kyle Dash makes his way over the 8-kilometer course at Seneca Lake State Park on Saturday.
(Photo — Anne Havelin)
Paul Smith's College had a total of 16 men competing in the race that featured 15 scoring teams and 146 finishers from colleges and universities from New York and Pennsylvania. There were a total of 18 schools participating in the event, which is geared toward colleges that have cross country, but no indoor or outdoor track and field teams.
The Paul Smith's women's team had four runners competing on the 5K course. Freshmam Liz Havelin placed 33rd overall in 22:36, followed by Ashley Comeau in 47th with a time of 23:18. Linnea Shumway was 50th with a time of 23:29 and Caitlyn Sparkes rounded out the PSC runners with an overall time of 32:06.
William Smith College won the women's meet with 77 points, closely followed by Daemen College with 81 points and Clarkson University with 82 points. Paul Smith's didn't field a complete team.
Other Paul Smith's men's runners included Matt Piper (29:22) in 19th place, Ben Palladino (29:32) in 23rd place, Ben Howard (29:40) in 29th and Dana Hazen (30:46) in 26th.
Paul Smith's coach Jim Tucker was pleased with his team's performance at the CCOC, especially since the Bobcats are a team dominated by underclassmen and transfer students.
"After finishing second the past couple of weeks at invitationals featuring smaller colleges on difficult courses, it was great to see how they would respond at a larger meet on a flat course," Tucker said. "The wind and the mud at Seneca Lake was the same for everyone, so this presented no unique challenges for the Bobcat harriers."
Paul Smith's will travel to Concord, N.H. next weekend for the Yankee Small College Conference Championships on the campus of New Hampshire Technical Institute. It will be the first time Paul Smith's will face off against the small colleges of New England in this conference meet.