The Blue Devils finished ninth in a field of 38 teams, many of which will return Nov. 14 to the same Letchworth State Park course for the NCAA Atlantic Regional.
The Blue Devils are ranked No. 9 in the region.
Collin Mulcahy (Batavia, N.Y.), a senior, was Fredonia's first finisher -- 24th overall -- in 25:34.2 for 8,000 meters. Next was senior Kyle Collins (Suffern, N.Y.), 35th overall in 25:42.6, followed by sophomore Merlin Joseph Jr. (Binghamton, N.Y.), junior Cody Martini (Palmyra, N.Y.), and Joe Northup (Waterloo, N.Y.). Fredonia's displacement runners were junior Bobby Cooper (Macedon, N.Y.) and sophomore Cyd Scott (Carmel, N.Y.).
"This was are fastest team average of the season (26:11), when you can achieve your goals in such a large race, then that is a win for us! The men ran very strong for such a large race, Collin Mulcahy and Kyle Collins put themselves in very competitive positions early on and it paid off, Collin ran a personal best time and Kyle ran his third fastest college time (with only one shoe on). The team really pulled together for this meet, we have had some really tough workouts and are now ready for Oberlin." Coach Wilson
Morrison and the Lady Blue Devils are on the rise.
Laura Morrison (Wethersfield, Conn.) finished 19th in Saturday's Mike Woods Invitational hosted by SUNY Geneseo.
A senior in her first season of collegiate cross country, Morrison continued the development which earned her Fredonia's first-ever SUNYAC Female Runner of the Week award with a 22:26.9 clocking for 6,000 meters on the Letchworth State Park course.
It's the same course where the NCAA Atlantic Regional will be held Nov, 14. Saturday's race served as a pre-regional -- a chance for teams to run the course.
The Blue Devils were 14th overall in the race, which drew 32 full teams and 453 runners. Including Morrison, Fredonia's scoring quintet consisted of freshman Hannah Kurbs (Lockport, N.Y.), junior Bonnie Binggeli (Walworth, N.Y.), freshmanStephanie Wojnowski (Rochester, N.Y.), and junior Julia Johnson (Baldwinsville, N.Y.). Fredonia's sixth and seventh runners were junior Kara Hall (Bergen, N.Y) and junior Alyssa Stroud (Allegany, N.Y.), respectively.
"This was another strong race for this women's team. We did beat some teams that we needed to and it allowed us to see how strong the conference is. Laura Morrison is leading this team stronger every week, she is only eight seconds away from breaking the school record. Welcoming back Lauren Kotas this weekend at Oberlin will give our ladies the opportunity to run as a full squad. The results should be outstanding!" Coach Wilson