May 2, 2009

Men's Track Runs In First Day Of NEC Championships

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – The Quinnipiac University men's track team ran in the first day of competition at the Northeast Conference Championships at Monmouth. Sophomore Addison Pellerano (Surry, Maine) highlighted the meet for the Bobcats as he posted a personal-best time of 32:49.01 in the 10,000-meter race. That time was more than 50 seconds better than his previous best finish in the event.

In the 1500-meter race, freshman John Healy finished 15th overall with a personal-best time of 4:06.60. Senior Jack McDonald (Cheshire, Conn.) posted a season-best time as he crossed the line 19th overall in 4:12.22.

Freshman Alex Mako (North Andover, Mass.) had a personal-best time in the 200-meter race, while also posting a strong showing in the 400 meters. Mako crossed the line in 24.41 in the 200 meters and 53.53 in the 400-meter race. Sophomore Andrew Mayernick (Staatsburg, N.Y.) followed Mako in the 400 meters, crossing seven-hundredths of a second behind in 53.60.

In the 800-meter race, senior Steve Pilch (Medford Lakes, N.J.) posted a personal-best time of 1:58.27. That time was good for 16th-place overall, while freshman Sean Ramsey (Southbury, Conn.) finished 18th in 1:58.54. Senior Chris Foster (Mystic, Conn.) crossed immediately behind Ramsey in 19th place with a time of 1:58.71.

"I am really proud of the guys in the 800-meter race," said Head Coach Shawn Green. "They have been running really great in the last two weeks and it was fun to see all the personal-best times today. Tomorrow is a big day for us with the finals of the 4x400-meter relay and the steeplechase."

Quinnipiac returns to action on Sunday, May 3, in the second day of the conference championship meet. The first event of the day is scheduled for a 12:25 p.m. start.