Cross Country Racks Up Postseason Awards
The Alfred State College women's cross country racked up numerous awards as they raced to the NJCAA Division III National title.
Tara Murphy (Rochester/Wilson) earned 1st team All-Region honors and 2nd team All-American honors. She finished 3rd in the Regional Championship with a run of 22:47.95 and then followed that up by finishing 7th at the National Championships with a run of 19:52.38.
Diana Burley (Warsaw) also earned 1st team All-Region honors and 2nd team All-American honors. She finished the Regional Championship in 4th place in 23:21.75 and then finished 8th at the NJCAA Championship with a run of 19:52.65.
Emily Geesaman (Addison) earned 2nd team All-Region honors with a 7th place finish at the Region III Championships (23:52.69).
Kim Lupo (Auburn) also earned 2nd team All-Region honors with a 10th place finish at regionals (24:20.46).
Other members of the team that competed in the National Championship included Claire Holleran (Penfield) Tess Fahey (Marathon) Ashley Whipple (Athens, PA).
The Lady Pioneers held or were tied for the top spot in seven of the nine NJCAA Division III National Rankings. They defeated national runner-up SUNY Delhi by five points and were 14 points ahead of 3rd place Ocean County College.
Head coach Gary Moore was twice honored for his team's accomplishments. He was named the Region III Women's Coach of the Year and he was named the NJCAA Division III Women's Coach of the Year.
Moore has now been the coach of four national championship teams in his tenure at Alfred State, 2003 & 2011 women's cross country, 2000 men's outdoor track & field, and 2007 women's outdoor track & field.