Mattilio takes fourth at nationals

SYRACUSE – Paul Smith’s College freshman Chloe Mattilio made quite an impression in her first USCAA cross country national championship race last weekend at Drumlins Country Club.

Mattilio stayed near the front of the pack for most of the way and held on to take fourth place out of the 146 competitors in the race. She completed the 6-kilometer course in 24 minutes, 34.2 seconds and earned first team All-American honors for her effort.

Elaine Lowe of Cleary College won the women’s race in 23:07, followed by Mackenzie Donahue of Daemen (23:30) and Tatiyanah Johnson of Dine (24:20).

Mattilio, a native of Lancaster, Pa., came into the race as the Yankee Small College Conference champion after leading her team to the conference team title in October.

Louis Ferrone III was the top Paul Smith’s runner in the men’s race, placing 47th out of 183 finishers. Ferrone covered the 8k course in 30:52.2.

Tim Callaghan of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry won the men’s race in 27:30.7. Ignacio Hernando of New Hampshire Technical Institute was second in 27:42.9 and Jason Carey of Penn State-Wilkes Barre was third in 27:45.8.

SUNY ESF, the host school, won the men’s team championship with 42 points to beat out Daemen with 74. The Paul Smith’s men were 12th with 305 points.

Daemen won the women’s team title with 51 points, followed by SUNY ESF with 89 and University of Dallas with 132. The Bobcats women placed seventh with 226 points.

Other Paul Smith’s women runners included Ashley Evans (36th place, 27:01.4), Corrie Desilets (75th, 29:16.1), Sarah Butler (86th, 29:52.5) and Emelie Morton (88th, 29:59.3).

The Bobcats men’s contingent included Zach Davidson (65th, 31:34.2), Jack Mulvihill (87th, 32:12.4), Chris Peterson (95th, 32:50.2) and Llew Palmer (109th, 33:40.6).