Cross country keeps rolling at PSACs

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 at 9:11 PM

The Edinboro cross country team traveled to Kutztown this past weekend for the PSAC Championships, taking 3rd overall. First- year head coach Ryan Foster, along with a squad of 10, improved from their 5th place finish a year ago.

The PSAC represents the most competitive portion of the NCAA’s Atlantic Region, taking the top three spots of the meet almost every year, leaving Edinboro in a promising position to qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championships at St. Leo, Florida.

Leading the way for the Scots once again was Bryan Geehrer, taking second overall. One of the three teammates to make First Team All-PSAC, Geehrer clocked in at 25:48.5, 10 seconds behind Lock Haven star, Addison Monroe.

Geehrer made his mark on the national scene with this performance, proving his season was no fluke and that All-American honors may be in the cards after all.

Corey Wefing and Jon Gusew were the other First Team All-PSAC performers, coming through only six seconds apart, placing 11th and 15th.

The strength of Edinboro’s performance came from their ability to place four runners within 10 seconds of each other. After Geehrer, the gap between Gene Baritot and Wefing only made up six competitors, two of which were Edinboro’s own.

“I don’t think a lot of teams were worried about us coming into this race, [but] I know they are now. I know they’re scared now,” Edinboro’s seventh finisher Steven Scheetz said.

Jared Hallow and Baritot would earn Second Team All-PSAC honors in the 17th and 18th positions. Daniel Nowak and Scheetz did not score, but their ability to break out on any given day gives the Scots some assurance as they continue their season. The men’s team will be traveling with alternate Chandler Brooks this weekend as an eighth competitor.

After a season where Shippensburg and Lock Haven were consistently ranked in the top-25 of the nation, Boro flew under the radar until now. Only 16 points behind eventual winner, Shippensburg, Edinboro is hoping for an upset.

The women would place seventh overall, but performances from Emma Sullivan, Abbey Peters, and Abbey Lang did not go unnoticed among the conference’s top competitors. Sullivan placed fourth overall, earning First Team All-PSAC honors for the third time. Peters (21st) and Lang (25th) would earn second team honors.

The cross country team will travel to Slippery Rock on Nov. 5 for the regional championships. A preview for the meet can be found in the next issue of The Spectator. 

Mike Lantinen is a sports editor for The Spectator. He can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com

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