BRONX, N.Y. – The Quinnipiac men's cross country team was lifted by sophomore Brendan Copley (Colchester, Vt.) but the Bobcats couldn't get much footing at Van Cortlandt Park on Saturday as they placed 16th out of 20 teams in the Iona Meet of Champions. No. 13 nationally-ranked Iona took the crown in their home meet with a first place finish in dominating fashion, finishing with 37 points, 60 points ahead of second place Yale (97 points). The Bobcats finished with 454 points amongst a crowded field of 210 competitors.
2013 Iona Meet of Champions Men's Team Results
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Saturday's 8k meet marked the first meet of that distance on the season for the Bobcats and on a course that proved to be very difficult on the men's field. Copley persevered and lifted his team with a 35th place result out of 210 runners. He was forced to navigate his way around a crowded field but still managed to clock in at 26:28.79 to lead the team for the third consecutive race to start the season.
The Bobcats' powerful duo was at it again on Saturday as junior Spencer Mannion (Brookfield, Conn.) finished behind Copley as the second-fastest Bobcat. This marks the third straight meet for Quinnipiac in which the pair have finished as the top-two finishers for the Bobcats. Mannion posted an 86th place result at Van Cortlandt Park with a time of 27:17.54.
Sophomore Matt Mensher (Tolland, Conn.) earned himself a top-three finish among Bobcat runners as he finished the 8k in 27:39.53, good enough for 110th place overall. This marks the second time in the 2013 that Mensher has finished as the third-fastest Bobcat, tying his career-best.
Rounding out the Bobcat contingent on Saturday was a pair of freshman in Dylan Fearon (Tenafly, N.J.) and Alex Doherty (Warwick, R.I.). Fearon was the fourth-fastest Bobcat and clocked in at 28:31.91 which was good enough for 167th place while Doherty's time of 30:59.25 earned him a 198th place result.
The Bobcats will take a week off before getting back into competition on Saturday, Oct. 5 where they will take part in the Lehigh Paul Short Invitational. The race is scheduled to kick off at 12:15 pm.
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