Campus Cross Country Runner Competes at USCAA National Championship
Freshman Cross Country athlete Garrett Pensak competed in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championships held at the Drumlins Golf Club and hosted by SUNY ESF in Syracuse, New York on Friday. The race conditions in Syracuse were windy and wet with snow flurries throughout the race.
Pensak finished the five mile course in a personal best time of 32:12; which earned him 86th place out of 183 male competitors. Coach Kyle Gordon said, “I am very happy with the way Garrett ran today. To record his best time in these conditions tells you what type of competitor he is. Garrett is a great young man and he will continue to improve at this distance as we work through the summer and prepare for the 2014 season”.
Winning the team competition in the men’s race was host SUNY ESF with 42 points. Second place was Daemen College (Amherst, NY) at 47pointsts. Third went to Dine College (Tsaile, AZ). Winning the men’s race was Tim Callahan of SUNY ESF in a time of 27:30. PSU Wilkes-Barre runner Jason Carey finished third at 27:45.
The women’s USCAA Cross Country Championships was won by Daemen College with 51 points, followed by SUNY ESF, and University of Dallas. Winning the women’s 5K race was Elaine Lowe of Cleary University (Howell, MI) in 23:07. PSU Schuylkill’s Haylee Burnhauser earned First Team USCAA All-American honors finishing in seventh place at 24:58.
Coach Gordon looks to build his squad size for both the women’s and men’s teams next year and return to Syracuse with a stable of runners to represent the campus and the PSUAC.