Lee Berube, a Ti High graduate who is now a senior at SUNY-Geneseo, finished second in the NCAA Division III cross country national championship race in Oshkosk, Wis., Nov. 18.
Photo by Nancy Frasier.
continued “I figured he’d come back to us; I didn’t think he hold that (pace),” Berube said. “At about two miles I decided I had to go get him.”
Berube made his move alone, leaving the pack behind and making it a two-man race. He knew Sathre would be tough to beat.
“He finished second (at the national championship) last year and was undefeated this year,” Berube. “He’s a really strong runner. I knew it was going to be a battle.”
“We just ran together that last mile or so,” Berube said. “I’d make a little move and he’d make a move. We traded the lead three, four, I don’t know how many times. It was a great battle — it was the most exciting race I’ve ever run.”
Adding to the excitement was the team race. Berube led Geneseo to the fourth place finish.
“That’s so cool,” Berube said of his team finish. “We wanted to show we were one of the best teams in the country. We did.”
Berube was named All America for his efforts. It’s the second consecutive season he’s been a cross country All America. He has also earned All America honors five times in track.
The runner-up finish at nationals capped a strong season for Berube. He won his third straight State University of New York Athletic Conference championship and his second straight Atlantic Region championship this fall.
Berube is coming home this week to celebrate Thanksgiving, then it’s the indoor track season. His first meet is in two weeks at Cornell University, where he hopes to run the 14:20 time for 5-kilometers needed to qualify for the NCAA indoor track championships.
Former Ticonderoga High School runner Josh Cook ran a 28:08 to finish 30th overall and lead North Country Community College Nov. 5 in the NJCAA Cross-Country Championships held at Holyoke Community College.
Cook, also a Putnam resident, set a personal best by 40 seconds.
The winner of the five-mile race was freshman Robert Allen, of the Community College of Rhode Island, with a 25:23.