LANDOVER, Md. Dan Roark (Dracut, Mass.) of the Quinnipiac University indoor track team won the 3000-meter race at the Northeast Conference Championships at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex during the first day of competition. The freshman automatically qualifies for the IC4A Championships in two weeks as he finished the race with a time of 8:37.44. Fellow freshman runner, Rich Klauber (Thomaston, Conn.) finished the race five seconds back of his teammate in second place with a time of 8:42.05. Klauber was trailing Central Connecticut's Roy Sanderson in the final lap, but made a late push to overtake the junior and finish second.
"The 3000 was the highlight of the day for us," said Head Coach Shawn Green. "For two freshmen to win that race was fantastic, but the way they won was inspiring for the entire team."
John Healy (Middletown, N.J.) qualified for Sunday's final in the mile race after a finishing with the 10th best time of the day. The freshman harrier posted a time of 4:29.75, eclipsing Sacred Heart's Taylor Dressman by twenty-four hundredths of a second for the last spot in Sunday's finals.
Quinnipiac will compete in the second day of competition in three main events. Four members of the team will be running in the 5000-meter race, including Roark and Klauber. The Bobcats will also run in the 4x400 meter relay race as well as the Distance Medley Relay. Quinnipiac is the defending champion in the DMR after winning the event at last year's indoor championships.