SVC runners wrap up season

Tuesday November 13, 2012


WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The Southern Vermont College men’s cross country team concluded the 2012 season with a 43rd-place showing at the NCAA New England Regional Championship at Westfield State University on Saturday.

Middlebury College’s squad was first out of the 50 placing teams, while Bowdoin College junior Cody Horowitz (Stow, Mass.) led the 351-runner field with a time of 24 minutes 51.36 seconds on the 8-kilometer course.

All-New England Collegiate Conference First Team member and freshman Joshua Ceasar crossed first for the Mountaineers with a time of 28:03.30 despite battling injury and illness over the last week.

"Considering the circumstances," said SVC coach Maria Stuber. "This was a great race for him."

Sophomore captain and All-NECC Second Team member Victor Velazquez ran a personal-best 30:07.15. He finished the event 58 places better than he did in the 2011 Championship.

Recovering from an injury, sophomore Hesbon Ogeka finished at 31:32.07. Freshman Cameron Curtiss finishing at 33:06.35 -- over the course of the season, Curtiss took nearly nine minutes off his times. Freshman Kenneth Poteat rounded out the Mountaineer squad, coming in at 34:09.29.

The Southern Vermont College women’s cross country team also finished its season at Westfield on Saturday.

Southern Vermont freshman and All-NECC First Team member Alice Lala finished the 6K first for the Mountaineers with a time of 25:17.05. Freshman Haley Omasta, a member of the All-NECC Second Team, came in at 26:51.77.

Senior captain Loni Masiero matched her 2011 NCAA Regional time of 29:18, now the 6th-best time for a Mountaineer on a longer course. She passed handfuls of runners in the last mile during her final race in an SVC uniform.

"Today was a great way to finish our season," said Stuber. "It’s fun for Coach Billy [Obenauer] and I to see which athletes are fueled by the challenge and excitement of a higher level of competition."

Massachusetts Institute of Technology topped the women’s field, and Amherst College senior Keri Lambert crossed the line first in 20:48.94.

Youth wrestling

BENNINGTON -- Mount Anthony Youth Wrestling will hold sign-ups sessions Nov. 27-29 at the MAU cafeteria from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Practice begins the week of Dec. 4 and the season runs through March until the MAU tournament on the March 23.

The fee is $40 per wrestler with two mandatory fundraisers. For questions contact Wayne Call (802 -952-8932).

MAU Nordic seeks gear

BENNINGTON -- MAU’s Nordic Ski Team needs donations of gently used cross country ski racing equipment: Skis, poles, gloves, pants and jackets.

Or they can contact coach Bruce Smith at 802-447-7511 or Alicia Romac at 802-442-2401.

Bennington youth hoops

BENNINGTON -- Bennington youth basketball for first- to fourth-grade boys will run from 10 a.m. to noon on six Sundays over the next three months: Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9 and 16, and Jan. 6 and 13. Email to sign up.

SVC baseball camp

BENNINGTON -- Southern Vermont College Baseball and head coach Dave Gage are now accepting registrations for the 2012 SVC Baseball Winter Camp, being held in the Mountaineer Athletic Center on the campus of SVC, December 27-28.

The camp is open to players in grades 1-12, with those in 1-6 participating in a morning session (9 a.m. - 11 a.m.) and all 7-12 grade campers attending a separate afternoon session (12 p.m. - 2 p.m.). Accompanying Coach Gage will be SVC assistant baseball and hitting coach Robby Hisert, as well as current Mountaineers.

The cost is $80 per player; tuition is no-refundable and must accompany each application. Personal checks will not be accepted later than five days prior to the camp.

From 2008-2011, Gage was the starting second baseman for the Mountaineers and served as one of the team’s captains during his final three seasons.

His leadership and play helped guide his team to the NECC playoffs in the 2009, 2010, and the 2011 seasons, the first three playoff appearances in school history.

Hisert played professionally overseas in Italy after a successful playing career at Schenectady County Community College. He has also played professionally with independent teams over the last few seasons.

To download a brochure, visit For more information, please contact Gage at 802-447-4662 or by emailing


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