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Iona MXC Clinches NCAA Berth, Finishes Second At NE Regional

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Iona MXC Clinches NCAA Berth, Finishes Second At NE Regional

November 16, 2015 - 07:54
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Iona MXC Clinches NCAA Berth, Finishes Second At NE Regional

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY --  The Iona College men's cross country team earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Championship with a second place team finish at the 2015 NCAA Northeast Regional Championships at historic Franklin Park. The No. 9 ranked Gaels finished 11 points shy of No. 2 Syracuse to earn its 14th straight team appearance at the national championship in Louisville, KY in eight days.

Junior Kieran Clements was the Gaels top performer in the 10k event finishing fourth overall with a time of 30:33.8. Sophomore Gilbert Kirui was sixth, senior Michael O'Dowd seventh, sophomore Chartt Miller 10th and sophomore Brandon Allen 13th as all five scorers finished in the top 15 of the event. Kirui's time of 30:36.1 was eight seconds faster than teammate O'Dowd (30.44.2). Miller's clocked a 30:49.2 while Allen finished in 30:56.6. Freshmen Liam Dee (22nd, 31:13.9) and sophomore Johannes Motschmann (32nd, 31:29.8) were Iona's sixth and seventh finishers.

With 40 points, Iona improved on its team score of 60 and a third place finish last season. The Gaels were 74 points ahead of third place Cornell with Dartmouth and Columbia rounding out the Top 5 in the team event.

The 2015 NCAA Championship takes place Saturday, Nov. 20, at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, KY.

NCAA Northeast Regional Championship

Boston, MA - Franklin Park

Nov. 13, 2015 - 10k

Top 15 Competitors

Pl.)

Name               

Yr 

School          

Time

1.) 

Justyn Knight    

SO 

Syracuse     

30:28.9

2.) 

Colin Bennie      

SO 

Syracuse     

30:29.6

3.) 

Martin Hehir     

SR 

Syracuse     

30:30.1

4.) 

Kieran Clements    

JR 

Iona College

30:33.8

5.) 

Ben Rainero    

SR 

Cornell      

30:34.5

6.) 

Gilbert Kirui   

SO 

Iona College

30:36.1

7.) 

Mike O'Dowd     

SR 

Iona College

30:44.2

8.) 

Kevin Dooney  

SR 

Yale         

30:46.3

9.) 

Tait Rutherford

SR 

Columbia     

30:47.4

10.)

Chartt Miller  

SO 

Iona College

30:49.2

11.)

Joel Hubbard  

JR 

Syracuse

30:50.5

12.)

Dan Lennon   

SR 

Syracuse     

30:51.1

13.)

Brandon Allen  

SO 

Iona College

30:56.6

14.)

Brian Eimstad 

SR 

Cornell      

30:57.5

15.)

Philo Germano 

SO 

Syracuse     

30:57.9

Iona Competitors

Pl.)

Name                

Yr    

Time

4.) 

Kieran Clements

JR 

30:33.8

6.) 

Gilbert Kirui    

SO 

30:36.1

7.) 

Mike O'Dowd 

SR 

30:44.2

10.)

Chartt Miller

SO 

30:49.2

13.)

Brandon Allen    

SO 

30:56.6

22.)

Liam Dee     

FR 

31:13.9

32.)

Johannes Motschman

SO 

31:29.8

Team Results

Pl.)

School         

Points

1.) 

Syracuse           

29

2.) 

Iona College   

40

3.) 

Cornell           

114

4.) 

Dartmouth         

153

5.) 

Columbia          

156

6.) 

Providence        

169

7.) 

Yale              

169

8.) 

Harvard           

274

9.)          

Brown             

315

10.)

Stony Brook      

398

11.)

Binghamton        

405

12.)

UMass             

446

13.)

Canisius          

454

14.)       

Army              

459

15.)

Maine             

474

16.)

Marist            

478

17.)

Boston College  

521        

18.)       

Buffalo           

542

19.)

Boston U.  

549

20.)       

Cent. Connecticut

564

21.)       

Connecticut       

583

22.)

Northeastern      

606

23.)

Siena                    

608

24.)

Vermont             

612

25.)       

Albany            

655

26.)       

Manhattan         

704

27.)

Fairfield          

734

28.)

Quinnipiac        

753

29.)       

Hofstra           

776        

30.)       

New Hampshire 

845        

31.)

Sacred Heart

887

32.)

Colgate           

894

33.)

Bryant            

902

34.)

Hartford          

917

35.)

Holy Cross  

1011

36.)

Niagara          

1064

37.)

St. Bonaventure

1092