SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Another strong performance from Quinnipiac men's cross country sophomore Brendan Copley (Colchester, Vt.) led the Bobcats to a third place showing at the Shawn M. Nassaney Memorial Race, hosted by Bryant University. Copley raced to a fourth place finish in the overall standings as Quinnipiac compiled 70 points to finish third out of seven teams, behind only ranked opponents Northeastern and Boston University.
"The team is really coming together and there seems to be a real energy coming from this group," said Quinnipiac assistant cross country coach Chris Dickerson. "Even though we are training them hard right now, they're all exceeding our expectations and we are all encouraged with the direction the team is heading."
2013 Shawn M. Nassaney Memorial Race Team Results
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The reigning MAAC Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week, Copley did not disappoint in his second go-round this season as he clocked in at 15:23.6 in the 5k event. Mixed in with a group of some of the region's strongest runners, Copley's time was just 2.6 seconds off the first place finisher, Wesley Gallagher from Northeastern. Copley successfully navigated his way through traffic in the opening stages and grouped together with four Northeastern runners. He finished the race strong as the group claimed the top five spots in the overall standings but were separated by a total of just 10.5 seconds. Copley's fourth place finish comes off his victory at the Stony Brook Invitational last week as he has started the year off with consecutive Top-5 finishes.
Nearly as impressive as Copley was the effort put in from junior Spencer Mannion (Brookfield, Conn.). The pairing finished as the top two Bobcat runners in consecutive weeks now and neither has placed outside the Top-10 through the first two races of 2013. Mannion crossed the line in 15:46.4 to earn an eighth place result out of 59 competitors. His second Top-10 finish in as many weeks now matches his single-season career high established in his freshman season back in 2011.
The leader of the next wave of runners to cross the finish line was none other than Quinnipiac freshman Alex Doherty (Warwick, R.I.). Racing in his first event in a Bobcat uniform, Doherty outkicked a large group of runners to finish the event in 16:17.8. The time was good enough for 11th place overall, just one spot out of the Top-10 finishers. The third-fastest Bobcat helped round out the overall team performance and solidified the Bobcats' team result.
Rounding out the field for Quinnipiac on the afternoon was 21st place finisher, sophomore Matt Mensher (Tolland, Conn.), who clocked in at 16:30.0. Next in line was a pair of freshmen in Dylan Fearon (Tenafly, N.J.) and Kyle Liang (Norwich, Conn.) who finished in 26th (16:38.2) and 28th (16:40.8), respectively. Senior Jacob Cetera (Chicago, Ill.) finished the scoring for Quinnipiac with a 31st place result and a time of 16:47.0.
Overall, the Bobcats finished just five points behind Boston University, who is ranked 9th in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Northeast Regional Cross Country Poll. The team will have a full week off before they look to carry the momentum in the Iona Meet of Champions on Sept. 21 from Van Cortlandt Park, site of the 2013 MAAC Championship.
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