Alex Pollinger Leads Men’s Cross Country at CCOC’s

Freshman Michael Desimone and the Keuka College men's cross country team placed 12th during Saturday's annual CCOC Championships at Seneca Lake State Park in Geneva, N.Y.
Freshman Michael Desimone and the Keuka College men's cross country team placed 12th during Saturday's annual CCOC Championships at Seneca Lake State Park in Geneva, N.Y.

The Keuka College men's cross country team traveled to Geneva, N.Y. for Saturday's annual Cross Country Only Conference (C.C.O.C.) Championships.

Senior Alex Pollinger (Arkport, N.Y./Arkport) narrowly edged sophomore Josh Langley (Watkins Glen, N.Y./Watkins Glen) for Keuka's fastest finisher, placing 55th with a time of 31 minutes on the 8 kilometer course at Seneca Lake State Park as the Green and Gold scored 351 points to place 12th out of 14 teams.

SUNY ESF's Tim Callahan won the individual team title in 26:35, besting Clarkson's Adam Merkwan by 27 seconds for first place.

Clarkson placed all five scoring runners in the top eight to win the team title with 27 points. SUNY ESF was second with 59 points, followed by Hartwick College (85), Hobart College (126), Penn State-Altoona (152), SUNY Polytechnic (formerly SUNYIT, 162 points), Morrisville State (177), D'Youville College (232), Medaille College (274), SUNY Potsdam (284), SUNY Canton (328), Keuka, Cazenovia College (352) and Wells College (360).

Langley finished in 31:04, just four seconds off of Pollinger's pace to place 57th.

Freshman Cliff Stevens (Ballston Spa, N.Y./Ballston Spa) was 72nd with a time of 33:11, senior John Bourgeois (Rochester, N.Y./Irondequoit) ran in 34:28 to place 79th, and freshman Michael Desimone (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Odyssey) rounded out the Green and Gold's top five finishers, placing 88th after completing the course in 37:32.

Both Stevens and Desimone set season-bests for an 8K race during the CCOC Championships, which drew 144 runners from 14 schools.

The Green and Gold take a week off before competing in the annual North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championships, Saturday, Nov. 1 at Kenilworth Park in Washington, D.C.