Women’s XC Heads to Nationals for 1st time

November 21st, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized

The SUNY Oneonta women’s cross country team left early this morning for Hanover, Ind., where they will compete against 31 other teams in the NCAA Division III championships on Saturday.

The Red Dragons are having a season for the record books, as they continue to rewrite the history of the program. The team’s at-large berth (one of only 16) is the first NCAA Division III championship berth in the program’s 40+-year history.

“These women have truly earned this opportunity and I never get tired of saying how proud I am of them,” said fourth-year head coach Angelo Posillico. ‚ÄúSpecial thanks to the rest of our coaching staff, Chris Popovici, Joe Reed and Hannah Backus, for the very important roles they have played in helping to get the team to this point.”

The berth for the Red Dragons comes on the heels of the team’s fifth-place finish at the Atlantic Region championships last weekend at Letchworth State Park. Oneonta’s finish was its best ever at the championships and came two weeks after its second-place finish at the SUNYAC championships, also a program best.

The eight-member team is led by senior Danielle Kennedy of Stony Point, who was sixth at the regional championships, which was the highest finish for a women’s runner ever. Kennedy earned All-Region honors. Kennedy will be joined by All-Region teammate Marielle Genovesi, a junior from Glen Head, who placed 32nd in the regional championships. The final six runners are senior Allison Ryley of LaGrangeville, junior Jaclyn Masucci of Staten Island, sophomore Alyssa Drapeau of Glenville, and freshmen Mary Kate Bida of Millbrook, Samantha Wilks of Endwell and Elizabeth Chichester of Mount Morris. Drapeau, Bida and Masucci all finished in the top 51 at the regional championships.

The Red Dragons are ranked No. 24 in Division III.