A tightly packed group of SUNY Delhi runners led the host Broncos to a third-place finish Saturday in the NJCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.
“I’m very happy with them placing third,” first-year Delhi coach Robb Munro said. “Not having been on the junior college scene in a while, I’m sure not many teams make the podium without anyone finishing in the top 15.”
The Broncos’ top finishers crossed within 49 seconds of each other. Peter Schweitzer led the way with a 17th-place finish, completing the 8,000-meter course in 29 minutes, 39 seconds. Oneonta High graduate Levi Anderson was 18th in 29:40. Connor O’Keefe finished seven seconds behind Anderson in 22nd. Two places back was Joelson Resimo in 30:05 and Josh Myers placed 39th in 30:28.
“Levi has really come a long way,” Munro said of the freshman. “Coming through the door on Day 1, he had a lot to learn. He’ll really be a leader on the team next season. He ran an incredibly smart race yesterday. I’m pleased with his progress this season.”
Harper College won the team title with 59 points. It was followed by Gloucester with 98 and Delhi with 115. Sixteen teams competed with full squads.
Harper’s Troy Cunningham placed first in 27:53.
Delhi sophomore Jesse Jacob (Walton) was the lone Broncos runner to earn All-America honors. She finished 10th in 21:27 over a 3.1-mile course, running 16 seconds faster than her time a month ago on the same course.
Jacob was a Second Team All-American.
“She really stepped up as a leader for the women’s team,” Munro said of Jacob, who’ll train with the team next season as she works to complete a four-year undergraduate program at Delhi. “We only have one freshman women returning next season, so it’ll be good to have someone back who knows our expectations.”
Delhi did not have a complete team Saturday, because of injuries and one runner dropping out during the race.
Gloucester won the team title with 44 points _ 22 better than runner-up Mohawk Valley.
Samantha Farina of Ocean County College won the women’s title in 20:37.