Men's Cross Country Tallies 20th Place Result at New England Championships, Brendan Copley (20th) Paces Bobcats' Effort
BOSTON, Mass. – Quinnipiac men's cross country sophomore Brendan Copley (Colchester, Vt.) continues his strong running this season to lead the Bobcats to a 20th place result out of 41 teams on Saturday. The team's finishing positions is a three-spot improvement for the Bobcats from their 2012 New England Championship result as the team is starting to round into form in preparation for the MAAC Championship in two weeks. The Bobcats tallied 530 points as a team to finish in 20th place while former NEC challenger, Central Connecticut State, took first place with 74 points.
"Our front runners ran very well," said Quinnipiac head coach Carolyn Martin. "But we still need to come together as a team and close the gaps between our top five."
Copley now makes it five-for-five this season finishing as the Bobcats' top runner. He clocked in at 24:58 for a pace of 5:00 per mile. Racing in his first career New England Champion event from Franklin Park, Copley was able to find his way through a crowded field of 279 competitors to take the 20th place result. Even though he barely missed out on an All-New England honor, Copley was a star amongst the field and especially the sophomores as he finished with the third-fastest time among all sophomore competitors.
Junior Spencer Mannion (Brookfield, Conn.) doubled up with Copley once again as the two now make it five straight races in which they were the fastest two Quinnipiac runners. Mannion landed himself in 42nd place overall with a time of 25:26 and a mile pace of 5:05. The junior stalwart improved upon his time from the 2012 New England Championships by 25 seconds and improved 45 positions from his 87th place result a year ago.
Next in line for the Bobcats was freshman Alex Doherty (Warwick, R.I.) who tied his career high as the third-fastest Quinnipiac runner. Doherty placed 130th in the overall standings but was nearly a full minute behind Mannion's pace as he finished with a time of 26:23 in the event.
Rounding out the scoring on the day for Quinnipiac was sophomore Matt Mensher (Tolland, Conn.) who landed himself in 162nd place with a time of 26:42. Freshman Dylan Fearon (Tenafly, N.J.) wrapped up the top-five for the Bobcats with a 176th place result and time of 26:52.
Quinnipiac will have one more meet before the MAAC Championships as they travel to New Britain, Conn. for the CCSU Mini Meet on Oct. 25 at 3:30 pm.
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