Women Finish Strong at USCAA National Meet

By Daniel Whitehead

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Southern Virginia University cross country runner Patrick Gonzalez earned First Team All-America honors Friday afternoon by way of his seventh-place finish at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association cross country championship in Syracuse, N.Y.

A native of Riverside, Calif., the junior earned the honor for a second consecutive year after placing third at the 2012 race. He finished Friday's 8k race in muddy and snowy conditions in 28:13.1, helping the Knights to a fifth-place team finish with 211 points, its best finish in the meet since 2009 when they placed fourth.

 

"It was great for Patrick to earn the rank once again and prove his leadership to the team," said Southern Virginia head coach Logan Davis. "Despite the poor conditions, he kept his pace throughout the competition and rose to the occasion. We're very happy for him."

Freshman Michael Ward was the second finishing runner for the Knights as he placed 27th in 29:39.8 for 21 team points. Junior Kevin Prince came in 35th in 30:16, while Ciaron Giroux (78th, 32:00.6) and Aaron Barraclough (102nd, 34:49.6) also provided team points. Senior Dan Fotheringham finished the course in 35:53.2.

Host SUNY ESF won the men's team championship with 42 points, while Daemen College (74 points) and Dine College (80) pursued closely behind. SUNY ESF junior Timmy Callahan won the men's race with an 8k time of 27:30.7.

Women's 6k race

The Southern Virginia women's cross country team placed 12th in the meet with 286 points totaled. Senior captain Kera Macfarlane-Nielson led the way with an 18th-place finish in 26:01 for 14 team points as she narrowly missed the cut as a Second Team All-American, which requires a top-14 finish.

Freshman Rebecca Lords was the team's No. 2 runner by placing 27th overall in 26:33.6 for 23 team points. Junior Katelyn Tonini was third for the team completing the race in 30:57 for 101st place, while Sadie Taylor (107th, 32:04.6) and Hayden Larman (133rd, 37:08.7) also scored team points. Freshman Stephanie Peabody also competed for the Knights, finishing in 52:58.5.

"Overall, it wasn't a bad race for us this year but slower than we were hoping for," said Southern Virginia head coach Logan Davis. "The weather conditions affected everyone out there with how muddy and snowy it was. I thought our runners were strong and did their best, but we were hoping for a bit better results."

Daemen College won the women's race with 51 points, while SUNY ESF (89 points) and the University of Dallas (132) were close behind. Elaine Lowe of Cleary University won the individual title with a time of 23:07.6.

Men's 8k race

7th         Patrick Gonzalez                        28:13.1

27th       Michael Ward                            29:39.8

35th       Kevin Prince                              30:16.0

78th       Ciaran Giroux                            32:00.6

132nd     Aaron Barraclough                     34:49.6

144th     Dan Fotheringham                     35:53.2

Women's 6k race

18th       Kera Macfarlane-Nielson            26:01.0

27th       Rebecca Lords                          26:33.6

101st     Katelyn Tonini                           30:57.0

107th     Sadie Taylor                              32:04.6

133rd     Hayden Larman                         37:08.7

144th     Stephanie Peabody                   52:58.5