A pair of Ticonderoga High School graduates will lead SUNY-Geneseo at the NCAA Division III cross country championship meet in Wartburg, Iowa, today.
Lee Berube and Lee Gabler paced the Knights to the NCAA Atlantic Regional title Nov. 13 and a berth in the championship race.
Geneseo is among the favorites to win the national title.
Berube is one of the favorites to take home the individual national crown.
Berube won the Atlantic Regional meet, covering the 8-kilometer (5 miles) course in a record time of 24 minutes, 28 seconds. The Ti High grad pulled away from SUNY-Plattsburgh's Mike Heymann in the final half mile for the victory. Gabler was Geneseo's fifth runner, finishing 16th overall in 25:23.
The Ti distance stars led Geneseo to the State University of New York Athletic Conference cross country championship Oct. 30.
Berube, a junior, won the individual title for the second year in a row by covering the 8-kilometer course in a time of 24:55.
Gabler, a senior, placed seventh in 25:57 for the Blue Knights.
Berube, a two-time All-American in track, is a contender for the individual national championship.
Berube finished second in the 5,000-meter race at the NCAA Division III indoor track championships in Greencastle, Ind., March 13.
He then ran a leg on Geneseo's distance medley relay team that finished eighth at the national championship meet.
The top eight finishers in each event are named All America.
Berube, who won the state Class D cross county championship while at Ti High, will be looking for redemption at the national championship meet. Last fall he had a bad race at the NCAA cross country championship meet, finishing 80th.
This past spring he set a 5K personal best of 14:30 at the Cornell Relays. He also beat the defending cross country champion, Ricky Flynn of Lynchburg (Va.) College, in the indoor 5K championship race.