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Campanian runs her way to a National Championship

CANANDAIGUA, NY – Coming seconds away from a national championship a year ago, sophomore Victoria Campanian (Glenfield, NY) capped off her impressive 2014 winning an NJCAA DIII National Championship at Finger Lakes Community College on Saturday (11/8).

Known as Tori by many, Campanian won the Mountain Valley Conference Championship, Region III Championship and now National Championship in 2014. Her 20:05.7 was one minute and two seconds better than her time from 2013 where she finished in sixth place overall (21:07). It was also 21 seconds better than second-place finisher Stephanie Boucher from Mohawk Valley Community College, getting the better of the Hawks’ sophomore the last month of competition.

In all, Campanian collected four first-place and three second-place finishes in 2014, only finishing out of the Top 10 once in nine races. The sophomore also earned her second All-American nomination for coming in first place, gaining that honor now for a second season in a row.

Other finishers for the women on Saturday were Haruka Murakami (Ibaraki, Japan), Tianderah Twichell (West Winfield, NY), Sharon E. Howell (Ilion, NY), Alicia Burnett (Inlet, NY), Olivia Lazarus (South New Berlin, NY) and Jessica Inserra (Yorkville, NY). Each helped the women to 9th place in Laker country. Murakami finished 25th (20:05.7), Twichell finished 57th (23:59.7), Howell finished 71st (25:05.0), Burnett finished 88th (26:55.1), Lazarus finished 95th (27:35.9) and Inserra finished 99th (28:59.0).

As for the men, who finished 11th overall amongst 28 other institutions, Captain Sam Morrett (Cohoes, NY) took top honors again, posting a 30:36.6 which was good enough for 36th overall. Following Morrett was Gregory Ashe (Watertown, NY), Daniel Thomas (Coton, UK), Jace LaPuma (Little Falls, NY), Philip Tanner (Deposit, NY), Divontay Huggins (Brooklyn, NY) and Josh Paoni (Herkimer, NY). Ashe finished 63rd (32:04.0), Thomas finished 68th (32:15.6), LaPuma finished 85th (33:09.9), Tanner finished 97th (34:18.1), Huggins finished 120th (36:25.8) and Paoni finished 123rd (36:32.4).

Men 11th Overall (306 Points)

36th – Sam Morrett 30:36.3

63rd – Gregory Ashe 32:04.0

68th – Daniel Thomas 32:15.6

85th – Jace LaPuma 33:09.9

97th – Philip Tanner 34:18.1

120th – Divontay Huggins 36:25.8

123rd – Josh Paoni 36:32.4

Women 9th Overall (212 Points)

1st – Victoria Campanian 20:05.7

25th – Haruka Murakami 22:24.9

57th – Tianderah Twichell 23:59.7

71st – Sharon Howell 25:05.0

88th – Alicia Burnett 26:55.1

95th – Olivia Lazarus 27:35.9

99th – Jessica Inserra 28:59.0

-Giorgio Varlaro

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