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Mighty Oaks Menís Cross Country Team Are Third-time National Champs

Womenís team finishes with strong second place showing

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The Mighty Oaks men's cross country team brought home their third United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Cross Country National Championship Nov. 8 at Drumlins. The ESF women's team finished with a strong second place showing.

The top three colleges in the men's 8K were ESF, Daeman College, Amherst, N.Y., and Dine College, Tsaile, Ariz. Also in the men's race, the overall fastest runner of the day was ESF team captain and junior Timmy Callahan with a time of 27:30. In the men's race four of the top 10 runners were from ESF.

Daemen College took first in the women's 6K race with ESF coming in a close second. Third place honors went to the University of Dallas, Texas. The top ESF woman finisher was senior Emily Martin.

More than 280 of the nation's best collegiate cross-country runners converged in Syracuse for the 2013 USCAA Cross Country National Championships. Athletes represented more than 50 colleges from across the United States at the two-day event happening at Drumlins Country Club. The USCAA Cross Country National Championships was hosted by ESF with assistance from the USCAA.

This marked the first time Syracuse was selected to host the USCAA Cross Country Championships.

The ESF men's team won the championship in 2011 and 2012, while the women's team has finished in the top five for the past three years. The USCAA Cross Country Championships are an open meet. Entry is open to all member institutions wishing to participate.

The USCAA Cross Country National Championships will take place in again Syracuse in 2014.