STONY BROOK, N.Y. - The Quinnipiac University men's cross country team began its 2009 season with a third-place finish at the Stony Brook Invitational with 61 total points. Manhattan won the meet with 38 points, while the hosts from Stony Brook finished second with 51. Two-time defending national runner-up Iona placed fourth, four points behind Quinnipiac with 65 team points. The Bobcats were led by freshman Jamie Glover (Clifton Park, N.Y.), who placed ninth in 21:03. Fellow freshman Mike Levene (Redding, Conn.) crossed the line in tenth place, two seconds behind Glover at 21:05.
"The theme today was running under control," said assistant coach Roy Harrison. "We told them to run as a team and at a steady pace today. We are pleased that they did that because it is early in the season and there is a lot left."
Junior Taylor Roberts (Newburyport, Mass.) was the third Quinnipiac runner to cross the line on the Stony Brook course, finishing 13th overall with a time of 21:20. Freshman Brian Cotter (Huntington, N.Y.) crossed immediately following Roberts in 14th at 21:21. Sophomore John Beckshaw (Medford, Mass.) was the fifth member of the Bobcats to finish, rounding out the scoring for the team. His time of 21:41 was good for 17th overall.
Quinnipiac will race again on Saturday, Sept. 12 as it travels to Hanover, N.H., to run in the Dartmouth College Invitational. The meet is set to begin at noon.