February 23, 2009

Men's Indoor Track Finishes Sixth Of Twelve Teams At NEC Championships

LANDOVER, Md. – Freshman Dan Roark (Dracut, Mass.) was named the Rookie of the Meet at the Northeast Conference Championships as he helped the Quinnipiac University men's indoor track team to a sixth-place finish with 40-team points at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex. Roark finished the 5000-meter race in second place with a time of 15:07.08, one day after winning the conference title in the 3000-meter race. Roark's individual conference accolade was the first for any Quinnipiac male runner in program history in indoor track. Rich Klauber (Thomaston, Conn.) placed just behind Roark in third in the 5000 meters with a time of 15:12.28.

"Dan and Rich ran really aggressive races today," said Head Coach Shawn Green. "They pushed the pace and set the table for how the race was going to be run. For two freshmen to do that in a championship meet is a really impressive feat."

The Distance Medley Relay team placed second with a time 10:33.34. The Bobcats were edged at the line by Saint Francis (Pa.) after leading much of the race. Andrew Sullivan (Ellington, Conn.), Jack McDonald (Cheshire, Conn.), Steve Pilch (Medford Lakes, N.J.) and Brendan Amoruso (Northport, N.Y.) made of the four-man team for the Bobcats.

John Healy (Middletown, N.J.) placed ninth in the finals of the mile race. The freshman runner posted a time of 4:32.38, just behind his qualifying time from Saturday.

The Bobcats return to action on Friday, Feb. 27, when they compete in the first day of the New England Championships at Boston University. The meet is set for a 10:00 a.m. start time.