SUNY Cobleskill’s Evan Quinones Awarded Individual Bid to 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country Championships
The NCAA announced today that SUNY Cobleskill freshman men's cross country member Evan Quinones, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saratoga Springs High School, has been awarded an individual bid to the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country National Championships to be hosted by Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana on Saturday November 23 at 12:30 p.m.
On Saturday afternoon Quinones placed 20th overall at the 2013 NCAA Division III Atlantic Regionals hosted by SUNY Geneseo at Letchworth State Park in Castile, N.Y. by completing the 8000-meter championship venue in a time of 25:37.5 to earn All-Atlantic Regional Team honors. By NCAA rules seven individual at-large bids are awarded to the first seven runners in the regional field who are not affiliated with a team that receives an NCAA team automatic bid or team at-large. Quinones received the last at-large bid out of the Atlantic Regional once the team selections were announced on Sunday evening. Atlantic Regional Champion SUNY Cortland and regional runners-up New York University received automatic bids to the meet while SUNY Geneseo and St. Lawrence University were awarded at-large bids from the region paving the way for Quinones's selection.
The Saratoga Springs High School alumnus becomes the first SUNY Cobleskill athlete to qualify for a NCAA National Championship in program history since the school's move to the NCAA ranks in 2008 as well as the first North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) runner to earn an NCAA Individual Bid since the league reconfigured in 2005. During the season the talented freshman earned First Team All-NEAC honors placing second at the conference's championship meet to earn "Rookie-of-the-Year" honors while also being honored by the New York State College Track Conference (NYSCTC) as a Second Team All-NYSCTC honoree in Cross Country.
About his talented freshman's selection to the NCAA National Championships long-time Fighting Tiger Head Coach Mitch Tomaszkiewicz spoke glowingly about Quinones.
"Evan Quinones has accomplished something that is truly amazing for an individual distance runner to achieve as a freshman in this extremely competitive region. There are only 56 individual qualifiers for the National Championships and only seven runners from each of the eight national regions qualify individually. This is truly an outstanding achievement that speaks volumes about this young man's work ethic, his talent and his determination. He is a great credit to his family, his community and of course to the Saratoga Springs High School distance running program and its coaches Art and Linda Kranick who did an amazing job preparing Evan to run at the college level. This is truly a great day for Evan as an individual, our cross country and track & field programs, SUNY Cobleskill as an institution and of course the entire Fighting Tiger nation."
For further championship information interested parties can refer to the NCAA Division III Championship Selection Website at: http://www.ncaa.com/news/cross-country-men/article/2013-11-17/north-central-and-johns-hopkins-look-repeat-all-national or contact the SUNY Cobleskill Office of Sports Information at (518) 231-4884.