October 26, 2012

Men's Cross Country Races for First NEC Title Since 2008 on Saturday at 12 p.m. hosted by Bryant University

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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, especially at the top with senior Rich Klauber (Thomaston, Conn.) and freshman Brendan Copley (Colchester, Vt.), Quinnipiac looks to reclaim their stranglehold on the NEC.

Season Highlights

The Bobcats began the year with an impressive second-place showing at the Stony Brook Invitational. Klauber and Copley burst onto the scene with a 2nd-place and 5th-place overall result, respectively. Klauber took home the NEC Co-Athlete of the Week honors while Copley earned his first NEC Rookie of the Week. It was their highest team finish in a race since the 2011 Stony Brook Invitational.

The following week Quinnipiac ran the same course they will be running on Saturday at the Shawn M. Nassaney Memorial Race hosted by Bryant University. Copley and Klauber again dominated with 12th and 14th-place showings and helped the team to a 4th-place finish out of 12 teams. The pairing had gone consecutive weeks finishing as the top Bobcat competitiors.

The Quinnipiac Invitational featured an impressive showing from senior Mike Levene (Redding, Conn.). Levene navigated through traffic, coming all the back from eighth-place, and nearly bested the second-place runner in the final 100 yard sprint. He ended up with a 3rd-place finish and was followed shortly by sophomore Spencer Mannion (Brookfield, Conn.) in 5th-place.

The Quinnipiac men's cross country team put together perhaps their best race of the season at the Lehigh Paul Short Men's 8k Brown Race. Klauber navigated his way through a massive field of 225 runners to come away with a 6th-place overall finish. The dynamic duo again led the way as Copley was right behind in 22nd-place. Overall, the team finished in 12th-place out of 33 collegiate teams. The pairing was awarded the NEC Athlete and Rookie of the Week for the second time of the season later that week.

Klauber again showed he is in top-form at the New England Championships as he placed 8th overall in a field that featured a season-high 261 competitors. He led the Bobcats to a 23rd-place result out of 37 teams, up 10 spots from last year's 33rd-place finish at the same event. The top-10 finish was the third of the season for Klauber and earned him his third NEC Athlete of the Week and did so establishing a new personal-best time of 24:35.80.

The team was backed by Copley in the Princeton Invitational as the freshman sensation placed 66th overall with a personal-best 25:17. The two-time NEC Rookie of the Week finished the 8k as the second-fastest NEC freshman at the event.

Top 10 Projected Runners For 2012 NEC Championship

Edgar Carrasco

One of only three Bobcats to compete in every event this season, the senior will look to improve upon his 29:35.7 finishing time at last year's NEC Championship.

Individual Results (team finish/overall finish) during 2012 season

7th/42nd               21:50.70                              Stony Brook Invitational

8th/109th             30:37.80                              Nassaney Race

5th/12th                29:25.70                              Quinnipiac Invitational

7th/264th             30:22                                    Paul Short Run

1st/91st                 27:16.11                              New England Sub-Varsity

8th/190th             27:18                                    Princeton Invitational

Jacob Cetera

Competed in every event during the 2012 season and finished with a season-best time of 26:53.78 at the New England Championships. The senior will look to leave his mark and help guide the Bobcat to their first title in four years.

Individual Results (team finish/overall finish) during 2012 season

6th/29th                21:00.82                              Stony Brook Invitational

6th/88th                28:49.90                              Nassaney Race

4th/9th                  28:51.5                               Quinnipiac Invitational

6th/166th             27:47                                    Paul Short Run

6th/182nd            26:53.78                              New England Varsity

7th/185th             27:14                                    Princeton Invitational

Brendan Copley

Easily one of the best performers all year for the Bobcats has been the freshman Copley. He is a two-time NEC Rookie of the Week honoree and has placed among the first two finishers for Quinnipiac in every race he has competed this season.

Individual Results (team finish/overall finish) during 2012 season

2nd/5th                 19:49.87               Stony Brook Invitational

1st/12th                26:09.70              Nassaney Race

2nd/22nd              25:55                   Paul Short Run

1st/66th                25:17                   Princeton Invitational

Thomas Dextradeur

The sophomore came into the 2012 season off a 37th-place showing at the 2011 NEC Championship and has been a solid competitor all season for the Bobcats. He hasn't finished outside the top-five among Bobcats all season for Quinnipiac including three straight third-place finished on the team.

Individual Results (team finish/overall finish) during 2012 season

5th/19th                20:38.52                              Stony Brook Invitational

3rd/35th               27:05.5                                 Nassaney Race

3rd/132nd            26:11.8                                 New England Varsity

3rd/150th             26:24                                    Princeton Invitational

Dan Fox

The freshman from Illinois has put together a strong first year with the Bobcats giving the team great depth going in his first NEC Championship event. Competing in all six events this season, Fox had his best showing at the New England Championship where he finished with 26:43.45.

Individual Results (team finish/overall finish) during 2012 season

3rd/11th               20:17.60                              Stony Brook Invitational

5th/52nd               27:41.5                                Nassaney Race

3rd/8th                  28:48.8                                Quinnipiac Invitational

4th/139th             27:21                                    Paul Short Run

5th/173rd             26:43.45                               New England Varsity

6th/171st              26:47                                    Princeton Invitational

Rich Klauber

The 2008 NEC Outstanding Performer and Freshman of the Year helped guide the Bobcats to their last NEC Championship in his first season with the team. He won the event in 2008 by just over 13 seconds and followed up with a 2nd-place showing at the 2009 NEC Championship. The three-time NEC Athlete of the Week in 2012 looks to continue his dominating season and lead the Bobcats back to the top spot.

Individual Results (team finish/overall finish) during 2012 season

1st/2nd                  19:17.38                              Stony Brook Invitational

2nd/14th               26:20.10                              Nassaney Race

1st/6th                   25:23                                    Paul Short Run

1st/8th                   24:35.80                              New England Championships

Mike Levene

The Bobcat senior Levene returns for an encore performance of the 2011 NEC Championship where he crossed the line in 29th-place with a time of 27:54.4. The senior leader ran inspired at his last home meet at the Quinnipiac Invitational this season with a 3rd-place showing.

Individual Results (team finish/overall finish) during 2012 season

1st/3rd                   27:48.5                               Quinnipiac Invitational

3rd/99th               26:53                                    Paul Short Run

7th/192nd            27:01.98                              New England Varsity

4th/155th             26:27                                    Princeton Invitational

Spencer Mannion

Coming off a dominating freshman campaign the sophomore has been up-and-down all season. The former three-time NEC Rookie of the Week tied for the most of any freshman in the NEC last season. Mannion began the year with a less than stellar 7th-place among Quinnipiac runners but has since followed with three 2nd-place results among Bobcat competitors as he seems to be peaking at just the right time for the Championship event.

Individual Results (team finish/overall finish) during 2012 season

7th/89th                28:50.0                                Nassaney Race

2nd/5th                 27:53.2                                Quinnipiac Invitational

4th/126th             27:15                                    Paul Short Run

2nd/87th               25:51.25                              New England Varsity

2nd/106th            25:42                                    Princeton Invitational

Matt Mensher

Another freshman had a great debut season for the Bobcats with three 4th-place results in addition to a 5th-place for Quinnipiac runners. He is one of three first-year runners for Quinnipiac entering the decisive event of the season.

Individual Results (team finish/overall finish) during 2012 season

4th/13th               20:20.74                              Stony Brook Invitational

4th/41st               27:16.7                                 Nassaney Race

5th/149th             27:25                                    Paul Short Run

4th/162nd            26:37.17                              New England Varsity

Rich Stoliker

The junior provides another established veteran for the Bobcats as he works his way back into shape after only running in one race this season.

Individual Results (team finish/overall finish) during 2012 season

5th/167th             26:38                                    Princeton Invitational

Contact: Maxx McNall; maxx.mcnall@quinnipiac.edu