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College News: P-Wort on to Nationals

Posted Wednesday, November 17, 2010 by Perry King
Dobbs College Runners Keep on Going, with Wortner on to Wartburg

Ex-Eagles Paulina Nunez, a senior now for the Binghamton Bearcats, and Pat Wortner, a freshman with the SUNY-Geneseo Blue Knights continued hitting the trails, with the young guy moving on to the NCAA Div III Nationals.

Nunez's Bearcats have been to a bunch of meets since the last account here. Back on October 1 at the Paul Short Invitational- Gold 6K race at Lehigh, the team finished 29th out of 41 teams and Nunez was 304th in a time of 24.00. Two weeks later at the University of Albany Invitational-Gold race, the Bearcats were 5th out of 22 teams and Nunez was the 6th team member in at 54th in a time of 19:34.8. At the America East Championships on October 30 at Boston University, Binghamton was 7th of 9 teams and she was 63rd in 19:49.81. The most recent meet was last Saturday for the NCAA DI Regional hosted by Yale at Hammonasett Beach State Park, and the Bearcats finished 25th of 35 teams with Nunez finishing 213th in 24:29.6. Ex-Suffern star Shelby Greany finished 3rd in the race for Providence. The final XC race for Nunez as a Bearcat looks to be this Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park at around 11:45 in the ECAC University race.

Pat Wortner's two most recent meets for Geneseo have met with some good success. On October 30 at Battle Island State Park for the SUNYAC Championship, Wortner earned a 2nd Team All-Conference placement as the only freshman on the two teams. Geneseo placed 1st with 24 points ahead of SUNY-Plattsburgh as Wortner was the 5th Blue Knight in and 9th runner overall in 26:00.47. Teammate Lee Berube was the winner. Last Saturday at Wortner's favorite course at SUNY-Oneonta for the NCAA DIII Regional Championship, he ran well again with a 24th place in 25:40.9 as the 6th Blue Knight in as they won the title 47-55 over St. Lawrence U. Berube was again the winner and Wortner was by far the top freshman. Geneseo advanced on to the Nationals in appropriately named Wartburg, Iowa this Saturday, October 20. Patrick should feel right at home. The Blue Knights will be going up against the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team (Dave King's college abode), so personally I'm not sure who to root for. But we'll all be cheering for Pat and waiting for the call on Saturday.

The Blue Knight guys will be seeking their first championship and are ranked 3rd in NCAA DIII, very close behind North Central (Ill) and Haverford. The Blue Knight women are also at the meet (and also matched against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) and are ranked 7th. Unlike the slacker guys, they won a national title in 2005. 

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