Daemen College Captures First USCAA Women's Cross Country Championship

SYRACUSE, NY - Daemen College captured their first USCAA Women's Cross Country National Championship on Friday, besting host SUNY ESF by a score of 51-89 to capture the crown.

The Wildcats sprinted to the second, fifth and seventh place individual finishes for team points en route to the championship. Daemen was paced by Mackenzie Donahue, who finished second overall. Hannah Rice and Jordan Weir also finished in the top 14, earning them All-American status.

SUNY ESF finished in the top three for the second straight year, and the University of Dallas took home third place as a team in the women's race.

Cleary University's Elaine Lowe captured the women's individual championship, running the 6K course in just over 23 minutes with a time of 23:07.6. She was followed by Donahue and Dine College's Tatiyanah Johnson.

Lowe, a freshman, ran a 6:13 mile pace as she took the individual crown by 23 seconds. The top four finishers in this year's women's race were freshmen or sophomores, as Paul Smith's freshman Chloe Mattilio finished fourth. Kayla Legassie was the first senior finisher, finishing fifth overall.


Place Team Points
1st Daemen College 51
2nd SUNY ESF 89
3rd University of Dallas              132

USCAA All-Americans

First Team

Place Name Year Team Time
1st Elaine Lowe FR Cleary University 23:07.6
2nd Mackenzie Donahue            FR Daemen College 23:30.0
3rd Tatiyanah Johnson SO Dine College 24:20.7
4th Chloe Mattilio FR Paul Smith's College 24:34.2
5th Kayla Legassie SR Univ. of Maine-Presque Isle      24:39.3
6th Hannah Rice FR Daemen College 24:40.5
7th Haylee Burnhauser SO Penn State Schuylkill 24:58.7

Second Team

Place Name Year Team Time
8th Jessica Monzyk FR Albany College of Pharmacy 25:00.5
9th Jordan Weir SO Daemen College 25:04.7
10th Clare Myers SO University of Dallas 25:07.2
11th Shelby Jim FR Dine College 25:20.1
12th Emily Martin SR SUNY ESF 25:22.7
13th Rachel Ramsey FR Penn State Greater Allegheny 25:28.2
14th Paige Wiechman                 SR Univ. of Maine-Machias             25:29.7