NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – In a day filled with pre and post-race festivities, the Quinnipiac men's cross country team put together a strong day of running with a 7th place result at the CCSU Mini Meet. Seniors Jacob Cetera (Chicago, Ill.) and Ryan Wolff (Mount Holly, N.J.) were honored in the Bobcats' Senior Day mementoes before the start of Friday's race for all their contributions to the program in their respective careers. Quinnipiac finished the meet with 204 points including a Top-5 finish from sophomore Brendan Copley (Colchester, Vt.) while Providence (65 points) won the meet.
Copley continues his amazing sophomore season, now finishing as Quinnipiac's top runner in six straight events. He clocked in at 15:09 in the 5k event to finish in 4th place overall out of 119 competitors. Racing in his first career meet at CCSU, the Bobcat standout was able to navigate and pace his way through a shorter course to his third Top-5 finish of the season at a pace of 4:53 per mile. Coming into 2013 with no Top-5 finishes to his name, Copley has transformed himself into dominate performer this year, finishing just 10 seconds behind the individual champion of the afternoon (Central Connecticut's Craig Hunt).
Junior Spencer Mannion (Brookfield, Conn.) combined with Copley once again as the pair now make it six-for-six this season finishing as the Bobcats' top-two runners. Mannion crossed the line in 17th place with a time of 15:28. Also racing in his first career CCSU Mini Meet, Mannion kept up with Copley's pace and gave them a solid per-mile pace of 4:59.
Next in line for the Bobcats was sophomore Matt Mensher (Tolland, Conn.) who finished the 5k event with a time of 16:13. Mensher keeps up his consistent running, finishing no worse than fourth on the team all season. The sophomore placed 58th overall in the event to headline the second grouping of Bobcat runners that all finished within 18 seconds of one another.
Rounding out the scoring on the day for the Bobcats was the freshmen combination of Dylan Fearon (Tenafly, N.J.) and Alex Doherty (Warwick, R.I.). Fearon was a mere two spots behind Mensher, finishing in 60th place with a time of 16:17. Doherty, meanwhile, was right behind Fearon with a time of 16:21, good enough for 65th place overall.
The Bobcats now have a week to prepare for the biggest meet of the season, the MAAC Championships, on Saturday, Nov. 1. This will be the first ever MAAC Championship for Quinnipiac in their first year as a MAAC program.
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