HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's cross country team finished seventh at the 2009 Quinnipiac University Invitational with 155 team points. Freshman Mike Levene (Redding, Conn.) was the Bobcats' top runner at the meet, posting a time of 26:26 and finishing eighth overall. Sacred Heart won the meet with 58 points, while Central Connecticut's 88 points were good for second and Monmouth's 95 placed the Hawks third.
"The men faced a few challenges today that I don't think they saw ahead of time," said Head Coach Carolyn Martin. "We still ran with a lot of pride and effort. This team has a lot of character and I expect us to challenge once again for the Northeast Conference Championship next month."
Monmouth's Peter Forgach finished first on the 8K Quinnipiac Cross Country Course. His time of 25:52 edged Long Island's Rogers Kipruto by one second as the Blackbirds' freshman crossed in 25:53.
Quinnipiac junior John Greenlaw (Hampstead, N.H.) was the second member of the Bobcats to finish, posting a time of 27:10, good for 25th overall. Sophomore John Beckshaw (Medford, Conn.) was the third Quinnipiac runner, finishing in 30th in 27:18. Senior Tyler Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska) and junior Taylor Roberts (Newburyport, Conn.) rounded out the Bobcats' scoring. Dinnan crossed in 27:41, good for the 45th place, while Robert's finished in 47th with a time of 27:44.
Yale, Wagner and Mount Saint Mary's finished in fourth, fifth and sixth places, respectively. Following Quinnipiac's seventh-place showing was Long Island, Bryant, St. Francis (N.Y.) and Fairleigh Dickinson.
The Quinnipiac Cross Country Course will serve as the site of the 2009 NEC Championships on Saturday, Oct. 31. Only two teams from the NEC did not participate on Saturday as Robert Morris and Saint Francis (Pa.) did not make the trip to Hamden.
The Bobcats return to action in two weeks as they travel to Lehigh, Pa., to run in the Paul Short Invitational. The meet is set to begin at 11 a.m.