Danielle Kennedy Earns All-American Honors
The SUNY Oneonta women’s cross country team finished 25th Saturday at the NCAA Division III cross country championships hosted by Hanover College in Indiana. Qualifying for the first time as a team, the Red Dragons posted a team score of 579, just one point behind Marywood. The national champion was Johns Hopkins, which repeated as the top women’s team in Division III with a team score of 85.
The highlight of the meet was the 19th place overall finish by senior Danielle Kennedy of Stony Point, who earned All-American honors for being among the top 35 finishers in the race. Her finish is the highest ever for a SUNY Oneonta man or woman at the NCAA championships and she is the first SUNY Oneonta cross country runner to earn All-American honors. She was also the first female from the SUNYAC to cross the finish line, edging out Rachel Malone of Brockport, who was right behind Kennedy in 20th place. For the team points, Kennedy’s place finish was actually 15th.
“Although this is an amazing way to end my cross country career, I am even more proud of my teammates and coach,” said Kennedy. “Our ability to remain focused on this trip was obvious and we have proven ourselves to be one of the top teams in the country. I think I speak for all of the women when I say that we are so glad to be Red Dragons.”