LAKE PLACID - The Southern Virginia women's team and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry men's team each won cross country national championships Friday for the second consecutive year.
The United States Collegiate Athletic Association races were held on Mount Van Hoevenberg's snow-covered biathlon course.
"I lost my voice cheering for my teammates," said SUNY-ESF captain Tim Callahan. "We did really well. We packed a great bunch of guys before the other teams."
Members of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry huddle after winning the USCAA men’s team championship Friday at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid.
(Enterprise photo — Mike Lynch)
Callahan did pretty well himself, finishing second overall behind Dustin Albelt, a freshman from Dine College in New Mexico. Albelt finished the 8-kilometer course in 27 minutes and 36.61 seconds. Callahan finished in 27:45:11.
The second-place finish was an improvement for Callahan, who finished fourth last season on the same course in a race he completed in just one shoe.
"It was still as much pain," Callahan said. "I mean, it's a great result both ways. Fourth without a shoe and second with both shoes. As long as the team wins, that's most important."
Third place went to Patrick Gonzalez of Southern Virginia, who finished in 28:09.89
In the women's race, Stephanie Runyon of St. Mary of the Woods in Indiana took the top spot for the second straight year, finishing the 6k course in 24:11.61. She beat Tatiyanah Johnson of Dine College, who crossed the line in 24:45.99. Logan Fry of St. Mary of the Woods took third in 24:12.46.
"It feels amazing," Runyon said. "I'm a senior, so it feels really good to go out with another win. I was second my first two years, winning this year and winning last year was great. It feels like a whole bunch of work just paid off."
St. Mary of the Woods took second and SUNY-ESF was third in the women's team scoring.
Emily Martin, a 2009 graduate of Saranac Lake, raced for SUNY-ESF and finished 24th overall in 26:21.43.
"This has been an awesome season, and we have an awesome team," Martin said. "I think we all ran a really, really great race. We may not have taken first, but I'm really proud of our team because we came a long way this season."
Martin also enjoyed showing her teammates her home turf.
"It's really fun to be able to take everybody up here because it's so beautiful and everyone is always so impressed and excited to be here," she said.
Dine College took second and Lindenwood Belleville took third in the men's races.
Paul Smith's College, which hosted the competition, took fourth overall in the men's race. They were led by second team All-American Corey Roth, who finished in 28:30.63.
The Bobcats took 15th in the women's competition, led by Corrie Desilets who finished 56th in 28:31.71.