Green Takes First; Lettieri Places Third at Skyline Championships

Green before his final sprint to win the Skyline Championship
Green before his final sprint to win the Skyline Championship


Milton, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State men's and women's cross country teams traveled to the Hudson Valley Sportsdome in Milton, N.Y. on Thursday afternoon for the Skyline Conference Championships. The men's team finished in 6th place overall, while the women's team took 7th overall. Placing five runners in the top 10 in each race, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's and women's cross country teams swept the team titles.

Women's race - 6k - 1:00 p.m.

On the women's side, USMMA freshman Robin King was named Runner and Rookie of the Year after winning the 6,000-meter race with a time of 24:50.97. Fellow Mariners rookie Brooke Jorstad placed second (25:38.40), while Farmingdale State's Erin Lettieri (25:58.01), USMMA's Anna Grafton (26:09.67) and Purchase's Haley Maerz (26:14.51) rounded out the top-five.

USMMA, whose head coach David Lawrence, Jr., was named Coach of the Year by his peers on both sides, scored 23 points in the women's race. The Mariners were followed in top-five finishes by St. Joseph's-Long Island (68), Sarah Lawrence (113), Mount Saint Mary (113) and Mount Saint Vincent (150).

Farmingdale State junior Nicole Ferguson (Shirley, N.Y.) finished in 22nd place with a time of 28:09.6, while sophomore Alexis Papol (Brookhaven, N.Y.) placed 43rd at 30:13.9. Freshman Nazira Bah-Traore (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) and junior Alicia Shipsey (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) finished in 76th and 82nd place, respectively.

Men's race - 8k - 2:00 p.m.

Farmingdale State freshman Joshua Green (Shelter Island, N.Y.) won the men's 8,000-meter race in a time of 27:46.1. Green edged runner-up freshman Lucas Jordan (Littleton, Colo.) of Merchant Marine, winning by a margin of 3.4 seconds. Coming into the final straightaway just behind Jordan, Green sprinted the final 100 yards and grabbed the lead with 20 yards remaining. His first place finish earned him both Runner of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors. Mount Saint Mary's Kenneth Barrett (28:15.00) and USMMA's Aohdan Meyer (28:35.66) rounded out a top-four sweep by freshmen competitors, while Maritime junior Sean Hobson (28:39.76) completed the top-five.

FSC freshman Evan McCrann (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) placed 18th individually (29:44.3) for the Rams and freshman Dydro Prosper (Uniondale, N.Y.) placed 51st overall. Sophomore Clint Thompson (East Hampton, N.Y.) posted a 59th place finish and sophomore Chris Malfa (Merrick, N.Y.) placed 67th as they rounded out the top five for FSC.

The Mariners (30) were followed in the men's race by Maritime (65), while St. Joseph's-Long Island (95), Purchase (117) and Mount Saint Mary (127) rounded out the top-five.

The top-seven runners in each race were named first-team all-conference, while runners 8-through-14 garnered second-team accolades.

The Rams will return to the Hudson Valley Sportsdome on November 3rd for the ECAC Championships.

First-Team All-Conference

Robin King, USMMA
Brooke Jorstad, USMMA
Erin Lettieri, Farmingdale State
Anna Grafton, USMMA
Haley Maerz, Purchase
Carissa Buonerba, USMMA
Meagan Haviland, St. Joseph's-Long Island

Second-Team All-Conference

Lauramae Cocchi, Mount Saint Vincent
Ekaterina Aaron, Maritime
Anna Lewis, USMMA
Samantha Papadopoulos, Mount Saint Mary
Molly Walsh, Sarah Lawrence
Cassidy Jacobus, St. Joseph's-Long Island
Amanda Sprague, St. Joseph's-Long Island

Runner and Rookie of the Year: Robin King (Fr.), U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Coach of the Year; David Lawrence, Jr., U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

First-Team All-Conference

Joshua Green, Farmingdale State
Lucas Jordan, USMMA
Kenneth Barrett, Mount Saint Mary
Aohdan Meyer, USMMA
Sean Hobson, Maritime
Curtis Bates, Maritime
Connor Cole, USMMA

Second-Team All-Conference

Michael Dobkowski, USMMA
Nicholas Arima, USMMA
Nick DeLuca, St. Joseph's-Long Island
Patrick Porch, USMMA
John Robertson, USMMA
Dennis O'Rourke, St. Joseph's-Long Island
Alex Leo, Purchase

Runner and Rookie of the Year: Joshua Green (Fr.), Farmingdale State
Coach of the Year; David Lawrence, Jr., U.S. Merchant Marine Academy


2018 Skyline Cross Country All-Conference Team

2018 Skyline Cross Country All-Conference Team

Green edges ahead before finish line

Lettieri near finish line