PRINCETON, N.J. – The Quinnipiac men's cross country team, backed by freshman sensation Brendan Copley (Colchester, Vt.), placed 20th (out of 24 teams) at the Princeton Invitational on Saturday. The two-time Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week, Copley finished 66th and has crossed the line in either first or second among Bobcat runners in all four races he has competed this season. The Bobcats finished with 544 points while the winner of the Princeton Invitational is St. Joseph's (Pa.) with 46 points.
"The men's team came into this race a little tired but they race tough," said Quinnipiac men's cross country head coach Carolyn Martin. "With a little bit of rest the next two weeks they are going to be able to put together a great race at the NEC (Northeast Conference) Championship."
With the NEC Championship just two weeks away, Copley showed he is in prime form for the Bobcats. He finished the 8k event in 25:17, second fastest among freshmen NEC runners at the Princeton Invitational. His time bested his previous personal-best of 25:55 established at the Lehigh Paul Short Run.
Sophomore Spencer Mannion (Brookfield, Conn.) came in right behind Copley in 94th-place. He ran a 25:42 and now has gone three straight events (Quinnipiac Invitational, Lehigh Paul Short Run, Princeton Invitational) finishing with the second-fastest time for Quinnipiac. Fellow sophomore Thomas Dextradeur (Branford, Conn.) crossed the finish line in 125th-place overall with a time of 26:24.
Other Bobcat competitors included senior Mike Levene (Redding, Conn.) and junior Rich Stoliker (Shelton, Conn.). They finished in 130th and 138th respectively with finishing times of 26:27 and 26:38 on Saturday.
The Bobcats will have a week off before returning to action at the NEC Championship on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. The men's event will begin at 12 p.m. as Quinnipiac looks to regain the title after last winning in 2008.
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