May 3, 2009

Men's Track Finishes 11th At NEC Championships

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – The Quinnipiac University men's track team ran in the final day of competition at the Northeast Conference Championships hosted by Monmouth. Freshman Dan Roark (Dracut, Mass.) highlighted the meet for the Bobcats with a fourth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:50.30. That finish earned the Bobcats five team points.

Monmouth ran away with its fifth title in six years as it scored 232 team points, 105 more than second-place Saint Francis (Pa.). Sacred Heart, Long Island and Central Connecticut round out the top five as Quinnipiac finished 11th with seven points.

The 4x100-meter relay team set a school record as it finished in 46.29. The four runners that comprised the team that placed eighth were freshman Matthew Andriulli (Oakland, N.J.), sophomores Andrew Mayernick (Staatsburg, N.Y.) and Alex Mako (North Andover, Mass.) and senior Chris Foster (Mystic, Conn.).

Foster and Mayernick also ran in the 4x400-meter relay along with senior Steve Pilch (Medford Lakes, N.J.) and freshman Sean Ramsey (Southbury, Conn.). The Bobcats were in the middle of the pack until the final stretch when Foster pulled up with a lower body strain, but finished the race with a time of 3:59.03.

"I am extremely proud of Chris (Foster) for finishing this race," said Head Coach Shawn Green. "I am also very proud of his teammates for cheering him on to the finish in what was our last event of the weekend."

Freshman John Beckshaw (Medford, Mass.) posted a personal-best time in the 5,000-meter race. Beckshaw crossed the line eighth overall in 15:27.15. That finish scored one team point for the Bobcats, giving them seven on the weekend.

"We had a great meet with a lot of personal-best times," said Green. "Unfortunately, we just could not score points, but I could not ask any more from this team. Foster's finish in the 4x400 is a great example for this team on how to handle themselves when faced with adversity."

The Bobcats will next run at the New England Championships at UMass in Amherst, Mass., on Friday, May 8.