HAMDEN, Conn. The Quinnipiac University men's cross country team runs in the Northeast Conference Championships Saturday in Holmdel Park, N.J. The Bobcats are seeking their third straight NEC Championship. Quinnipiac began 2008 as the preseason favorite after claiming last season's championship in New Britain, Conn.
(Juneau, Alaska) looks to earn All-NEC honors for the second
straight year after finishing ninth in 2007 with a time of 26:54.
Richard Klauber (Thomaston, Conn.) has led the Bobcats in each race
this season and was named the NEC Athlete and Rookie of the Week
Sept. 23 for his first-place finish at the Monmouth Invitational.
He has been named the NEC Rookie of the Week three times this
season and has two first-place finishes as he won at Monmouth and
the Quinnipiac Invitational on Sept. 27.
The Bobcats are currently ranked 14th by the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association's most recent poll. The Bobcats have been ranked in the top 15 all season and have held the 14th position for the last four weeks.
Quinnipiac's Dan Roark (Dracut, Mass.) and Addison Pellerano (Surry, Maine) have been two of the Bobcat's most consistent runners this season. Roark has finished all five races this season as one of the top five Quinnipiac runners, while Pellerano has been in the top seven in each race, including three top-five finishes.
John Greenlaw (Hampstead, N.H.) and Jack McDonald (Cheshire, Conn.) round out the core of Quinnipiac runners competing at the NEC Championships Saturday. Greenlaw finished 24th overall as a freshman last season with a time of 27.31. McDonald was the next Bobcat to cross the line as he finished 29th with a time of 27:36. The senior co-captain had his best showing of the season as he finished second on the team and fourth overall at the Quinnipiac Invitational.
"We are looking forward to a tough race and what is a very challenging course," Quinnipiac coach Shawn Green said. "We feel ready to go and the guys are ready to race."
This is the course the Monmouth Invitational was held on Sept. 19, a race the Bobcats finished in first place. Klauber's time of 26:30 was good for the men's top overall spot, while Roark finished in fifth with a time of 26:58. Dinnan's seventh-place finish with a time of 27:04 gave Quinnipiac three runners in the top 10.
The NEC Championship race is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.