Becker, Krodrupel lead XC at Geneseo Invitational


Buffalo State Sports Information

Senior Austin Becker led the Bengals with a time of 27:50 at the Geneseo Invitational.

Johnny Wozniak, Reporter

For the third straight week, both the men and women’s cross country teams were in action as both participated in the Geneseo Invitational on Saturday.

The men’s team managed a finish of 33 out of 38 overall and now head into a bye before their next meet.

For the third straight week, the men were led in overall time by senior Austin Becker. Becker finished with an overall time of 27:50, placing 277 of 354 runners.

“It’s nice to be up front and help push the team,” Becker said. “Mitch and I were together most of the race ‘til I managed to break away, and then managed to catch Felipe.”

Sophomore Mitch Rabold finished 342nd in the field with an overall time of 28:26. Felipe Yanez finished with an overall time of 27:53 and placed 285th in the field on the day.

“We’ve been training for the colder weather for a week, but everyone seemed to run and we had our top 5 under 30 minutes, which is the first time we’ve had that happen this season,” Becker said.

With the week off, the team will be preparing for the upcoming SUNYACs.

The next meet for the men’s team is October 17 in Oberlin, Ohio, as they will participate in the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble.

The women’s team entered the day after some strong performances in their most recent meets, but left Geneseo with a 26th place finish out of the 32 schools that ran.

For the first time in her Buffalo State career, freshman runner Ronni Krodrupel led the way for the girls with a finish of 136 out of 453 runners with a time of 24:10 in the 6k.

Right behind her was senior runner Kat McNamara, who finished 138th in the field with a finishing time of 24:11.

Following Krodrupel and McNamara was freshman Kaylee Cassidy finishing 298th with a time of 25:48, and Elizabeth Wall, who finished 323rd with an overall time of 26:08.

McNamara will lead the Bengals into a week off from action before they get ready to head to the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble.

“I think having a break in between meets will help a lot,” McNamara said. “However, I think if we keep following the coaches and their training, we should continue to get better.”

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