HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's cross country team placed second at the 2009 Northeast Conference Championships Saturday morning in Hamden. Sophomore Richard Klauber (Thomaston, Conn.) led the Bobcats with a second-place finish on the 8K Quinnipiac Cross Country Course in 26:14. The Bobcats posted 82 team points to finish in second place to Central Connecticut's 46 points.
"There are four teams that actually could have won today," said assistant coach Roy Harrison. "We knew that we had to run a perfect race to win and four of our runners did run perfectly today. I think we could have won it, but I am very pleased with second place. We had an amazing season and the NEC really stepped it up this year and we look forward to continued competition."
Freshman Rogers Kipruto of Long Island finished first overall and was named the NEC Most Outstanding Performer and Rookie of the Year. His finish of 25:55 was the only sub 26-minute time run on Saturday.
Two-time Road Runner Sports NEC Rookie of the Week freshman Mike Levene (Redding, Conn.) placed fifth overall in 26:29. Junior John Greenlaw (Hampstead, N.H.) was the third and final member of the Bobcats to make the NEC All-Conference Team with an 11th-place finish in 26:55.
Freshman Jamie Glover (Clifton Park, N.Y.) crossed the line 22nd in 27:29 as the fourth Quinnipiac runner to finish. Senior Tyler Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska) was the fifth and final member of the Bobcats to finish in the scoring. Dinnan crossed the line in 28:02, good for 44th overall and 42 team points.
Central Connecticut had three runners finish in the top 10 to earn 46 points, besting 11 other NEC teams at the meet. Quinnipiac finished second with 82 points, while Saint Francis (Pa.)(97), Sacred Heart (98) and Wagner (154) rounded out the top five teams.
The Bobcats will next run on Saturday, Nov. 14 when they compete in the NCAA Regionals at Franklin Park in Boston.