STONY BROOK, N.Y. – There couldn't have been a better way to start the 2013 season for the members of the Quinnipiac men's cross country team as they raced out to a second place finish in the Stony Brook Invitational on Saturday. Sophomore Brendan Copley (Colchester, Vt.) and junior Spencer Mannion (Brookfield, Conn.) became the first Bobcat teammates to ever finish as the first and second place finishers in the same event. The Bobcats finished with 44 points, just eight behind the host Stony Brook who claimed the team victory.
"I was very pleased with how the men ran today," said Quinnipiac men's cross country head coach Carolyn Martin. "We looked very strong and ran in control. Both our top finishers ran great and we are all looking forward for more of these results in the future."
The freshman phenom a year ago, Copley stormed out of the gates with a time of 18:58.71 in the 6k event to pick up his first career victory. The 2012 All-Northeast Conference runner becomes the first Bobcat to win an event since 2008, when Richard Klauber won the Northeast Conference Championship. His blazing time was nearly a minute faster than his 2012 result at the Stony Brook Invitational when he finished in 19:49.87. Copley set the pace throughout and was able to sprint home to victory as he finished more than 15 seconds ahead of his junior teammate.
Mannion meanwhile picked up right where he left off a year ago with a second place finish at this year's Stony Brook Invitational. One of the most dominate Quinnipiac runners throughout the second half of the 2012 season, when he finished second fastest on the team in three of the final four races, continued his recent uptick with a time of 19:13.94 on Saturday. This is Mannion's second career Top-5 finish and also was a career-best individual finish. His time in the 6k event was nearly 20 seconds faster than his previous best at the Stony Brook course (19:33) back in his freshman season.
Another runner who vastly improved upon his 2012 time was sophomore Matt Mensher (Tolland, Conn.). In just his second season as a Bobcat, Mensher finished in ninth place, good for his first career Top-10 finish. He crossed the finish line in 19:41.25 on Saturday, which was nearly 40 seconds faster than the 2012 event time.
Racing in their first career events on Saturday were Quinnipiac freshmen Dylan Fearon (Tenafly, N.J.) and Kyle Liang (Norwich, Conn.). Fearon impressed with the fourth-fastest time of any Bobcat, finishing in 16th out of 50 runners with a time of 20:07.57. Liang was right behind in 21st position overall as his time of 20:25.40 was good enough for sixth-fastest on Quinnipiac. Junior Thomas Dextradeur (Branford, Conn.) was sandwiched in-between the two freshmen with a time of 20:19.42 while senior Jacob Cetera (Chicago, Ill.) rounded out the scoring for the Bobcats with a time of 20:40.79.
Quinnipiac hopes to carry the momentum into next week when they will race in the Bryant University Invitational from Smithfield, R.I. with the race scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m.
2013 Stony Brook Invitational Team Results
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