Men's Cross Country Set for 2012 Season Opener on Saturday at Stony Brook Invitational

2012 Men's Cross Country Schedule

Quinnipiac University Men's Cross Country
@ Stony Brook Invitational
Saturday Sep. 1, 2012 – 10:30 a.m.
Stony Brook University – Stony Brook, N.Y.

2012 Men's Cross Country Season Preview

The traditionally dominant Quinnipiac men's cross country team looks to regain its championship-form after finishing sixth at the 2011 Northeast Conference Championship. After finishing no worse than second from 2003-09, the past two seasons have been a struggle, including its 2011 performance, the Bobcats finished eighth in 2010. Another year however and with the recent influx of talent, Quinnipiac will look to reclaim their stranglehold on the NEC.

The 2012 Bobcats are led by fourth year head coach Carolyn Martin, who will be returning eight of the 12 runners from the 2011 squad, including one of the most impressive rookies from last season, Spencer Mannion. The three-time NEC Rookie of the Week paced the Bobcats in five of the team's eight races, finishing no worse than second on the team in any race last season. He was also named Quinnipiac's Male Athlete of the Month in September 2011 after having reeled off a pair of top-10 finishes in the Stony Brook Invitational and Monmouth Invitational. Quinnipiac will also bring back senior Mike Levene, who came on strong at the end of last season, leading the Bobcats in the NCAA Northeast Regionals and finishing two places behind Mannion in the overall results at the NEC Championship. Junior Rich Stoliker returns after placing 40th in the 2011 NEC Championship, good for fourth on the team, and finishing as the second fastest Bobcat at the 2011 New England Championships. Quinnipiac also featured another outstanding freshman last season in Thomas Dextradeur. In his first season with Quinnipiac, Dextradeur finished 37th overall at the NEC Championship and was the highest placing Bobcat at the Central Connecticut Cross Country Mini-Meet. Seniors Edgar Carrasco, Jacob Cetera, and Ryan Wolff will look to lead the Bobcats this fall and are joined by sophomore Josh Wells.

In addition to the solid group of freshman this season, including Brendan Copley, Daniel Fox, and Matt Mensher, the Bobcats return a familiar face who helped guide the Bobcats to their last NEC crown in 2008. Senior Rich Klauber returns to Quinnipiac with one year of eligibility left after transferring to La Salle in 2010. The 2008 NEC Outstanding Performer and Freshman of the Year navigated the five-mile Holmdel Park course at the NEC Championship in 26:20.1, winning the event by just over 13 seconds in his first season. In his sophomore season, he led the Bobcats to a 2nd place finish in the NEC Championship with a time of 26:14.8 to earn an All-Conference merit. Klauber looks to team up with an impressive group that returns their top-four finishers from the 2011 NEC Championship and will hope to bring the NEC crown back to Hamden.

Quinnipiac will look to build upon last season's second-place finish at the season-opening Stony Brook Invitational on Sep. 3. The Bobcats will then get a preview of the host site for the 2012 NEC Championships as they participate in the Bryant Invitational at Smithfield, R.I on Sep. 10. The Bobcat's will next host the Quinnipiac Invitational on Sep. 15, followed by the Lehigh Paul Short Invitational on Sep. 28.

The Bobcats begin October at the New England Championship on Oct. 7 at Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass. before traveling to the Princeton Invitational on Oct. 13. Quinnipiac will look to regain their first NEC Championship since 2008 on Oct. 27. The 2012 NCAA Northeast Regionals and NCAA Championships will take place on Nov. 10 and Nov. 19, respectively.

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