BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Quinnipiac men's cross country team was on their game Saturday from Lehigh University in the Paul Short Invitational, as they combined for an 11th place result out of 46 teams in competition. The Bobcats were lifted once again by their dynamic duo of sophomore Brendan Copley (Colchester, Vt.) and junior Spencer Mannion (Brookfield, Conn.) as they navigated their way through a crowded mass of 372 runners to both post Top-20 finishes. Quinnipiac's 11th place finish and 399 points marks an improvement from their 12th place showing in the 2012 Paul Short Invitational. Princeton took down the title with 94 total points.
"We moved up from last year's place so I was happy with that," said Quinnipiac head coach Carolyn Martin. "But we certainly have some gaps to fill and some tough competition in the MAAC to work on."
Highlighting their effort once again was the performance of Copley, who finished the 8k run in 14th place overall with a time of 25:47. A year after finishing as the fourth-fastest freshman in the 2012 Paul Short event in 22nd place overall, Copley moved eight spots up in the standings as well as eight seconds faster on his finishing time.
Mannion was the most-improved runner of anyone on the Bobcat squad on Saturday as he clocked in at 25:50, good enough for 18th place overall. A year after laboring through the 2012 Paul Short Invitational with a time of 27:15, Mannion crossed the line a full 1:25 faster than his official time from last season. His finishing position as well made his run even more impressive as he finished a full 108 spots ahead of his 126th place result from the Paul Short Run in 2012.
Sophomore Matt Mensher (Tolland, Conn.) put forth a solid effort where he clocked in at 27:05 and barley outside of the Top-100 in 102nd place overall. He continued the trend of improvement for the Bobcats from last season's event as his time was a full 20 seconds faster than the 2012 result. Rounding out the field for the Bobcats was freshmen Dylan Fearon (Tenafly, N.J.) and Alex Doherty (Warwick, R.I.) who crossed the finish line in 27:15 and 27:30, respectively. Behind them were senior Jacob Cetera (Chicago, Ill.) and freshman Kyle Liang (Norwich, Conn.) to wrap up the scoring on the day for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats now face a quick turnaround as they will take part in the New England Championships next Saturday from Franklin Park in Boston, Mass.
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