HAMDEN, Conn. The Quinnipiac University men's cross country team hosts the University of Connecticut Saturday morning in the annual Quinnipiac Invitational. The race is scheduled for an 11 o'clock start. Prior to the running the eight-kilometer race, seniors Jack McDonald (Cheshire, Conn.) and Steve Pilch (Medford Lakes, N.J.) will be honored for their contributions as four-year members of the team.
The Bobcats enjoyed a successful week leading up to Saturday's race. Both the men's and women's teams finished first at the Monmouth Invitational last weekend. Freshman Richard Klauber (Thomaston, Conn.) was the top finisher in the men's race in a time of 26:30. The first-place finish on the Holmdel Park course earned Klauber the Northeast Conference Athlete and Rookie of the Week honors Tuesday.
Quinnipiac's 43 points were nearly half the total of second and third-place finishers, Rutgers and Temple. Sacred Heart and Monmouth rounded out the top five teams. After Klauber Quinnipiac had two other runners finish in the top 10 as freshman Dan Roark (Dracut, Mass.) finished in fifth with a time of 26:58 and Tyler Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska) had a seventh-place finish with a time of 27:04. Freshman Andrew Sullivan (Ellington, Conn.) crossed the line in 12th in a time of 27:18 and sophomore Addison Pellerano's (Surry, Maine) time of 27:38 was good for 18th in the five-mile race.
Following the conclusion of the women's race, there will be a tailgate in the Recreation Center. Parents, athletes and alumni are welcome to come and enjoy refreshments.