Dominic Hockenbury helped Syracuse University to the men’s team title and Lindsey Oremus was the leading runner for St. Joseph’s University during Saturday’s Spiked Shoe Invitational cross country meet at Penn State University.
Hockenbury, a redshirt sophomore and former state high school champion from Lake-Lehman, finished ninth out of 92 runners. He completed the 5.2-mile course in 26:22 for Syracuse, which took the title by 36 points over host Penn State with a team score of 21.
The top five runners make up each team’s score, but the sixth and seventh runners can also impact opposing teams’ scores by displacing their runners. Hockenbury was the sixth Syracuse runner, finishing before the second runner from each of the other eight teams.
Maggie Toczko from Tunkhannock was the seventh runner on the Syracuse women’s team, which finished second to Penn State, 32-55.
St. Joseph’s was sixth out of 10 teams with Oremus leading the way in 32nd place out of 127.
Oremus, a Dallas High School graduate and a senior at St. Joseph’s, finished the 6-kilometer course in 22:17, one second and one place ahead of Toczko.