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Iona MXC Places Fifth At NCAA Championship; Kirui All-American

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Iona MXC Places Fifth At NCAA Championship; Kirui All-American

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The Iona College men's cross country team finished fifth overall at the 2015 NCAA Division Championship held at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park. It was the Gaels 13th Top 10 finish at the national championship in the last 14 years and their highest finish since a second place performance in 2008.

Sophomore Gilbert Kirui was the Maroon & Gold's top performer, crossing the line in 20th place with a time of 30:11.3. Kirui finished the 10,000-meter event with a time of 30:11.3. By virtue of his finish, he becomes Iona's 16th cross country All-American as the program has earned the honor 22 times since 1988.

Sophomore Chartt Miller was 43rd in 30:30.1. Junior Kieran Clements placed 58th (30:39.7), senior Michael O'Dowd was 62nd (30:41.1) and freshman Liam Dee placed 110th (31:02.4) to round out the Gaels scorers.

Oregon junior Edward Cheserek was the individual champion winning his third straight NCAA meet in 28:45.8. Iona's regional rival Syracuse was the team champion with 82 points. Colorado was nine points behind the Orange. Stamford and Oregon finished third and fourth. Following the Gaels in the Top 10 were Arkansas, Louisville, Washington, Michigan and Georgetown.

2016 NCAA Division I Championship

Lousiville, KY - E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park

Nov. 21, 2015 - 10k

Iona Finishers

Pl.) 

Name               

YR    

Time

20.) 

Gilbert Kirui      

SO 

30:11.3

43.) 

Chartt Miller      

SO 

30:30.1

58.) 

Kieran Clements    

JR 

30:39.7

62.) 

Mike O'Dowd        

SR 

30:41.1

110.)

Liam Dee           

FR 

31:02.4

152.)

Brandon Allen      

SO 

31:28.5

209.)

Johannes Motschmann

SO 

32:11.9

Top 20 Finishers

Pl.) 

Name               

YR 

School          

Time

1.)  

Edward Cheserek   

JR 

Oregon       

28:45.8

2.)  

Patrick Tiernan    

JR 

Villanova    

29:11.1

3.)  

Pierce Murphy      

SR 

Colorado     

29:37.0

4.)  

Justyn Knight     

SO 

Syracuse     

29:46.1

5.)  

Jonathan Green     

SO 

Georgetown   

29:49.5

6.)  

Jim Rosa           

SR 

Stanford     

29:52.7

7.)  

Sean McGorty      

JR 

Stanford     

29:53.4

8.)  

Colin Bennie      

SO 

Syracuse     

29:55.9

9.)  

Martin Hehir      

SR 

Syracuse     

29:59.5

10.) 

Marc Scott         

SO 

Tulsa        

30:02.6

11.) 

Jonah Koech        

FR 

UTEP         

30:04.4

12.) 

Erik Peterson      

SR 

Butler       

30:05.0

13.) 

Jefferson Abbey    

JR 

Colorado St. 

30:05.3

14.) 

Thomas Awad        

SR 

Penn         

30:06.1

15.) 

Anthony Rotich     

SR 

UTEP         

30:06.6

16.) 

Jacob Burcham      

JR 

Oklahoma     

30:06.7

17.) 

Grant Fisher       

FR 

Stanford     

30:07.9

18.) 

Ernest Kibet      

SR 

Louisville   

30:09.4

19.) 

Jerrell Mock       

SO 

Colorado St. 

30:10.3

20.) 

Gilbert Kirui      

SO 

Iona College 

30:11.3

Team Scores

Rk.)

Team           

Score

1.) 

Syracuse          

82

2.) 

Colorado          

91

3.) 

Stanford         

151

4.) 

Oregon           

183

5.) 

Iona College    

231

6.) 

Arkansas         

244

7.) 

Louisville       

331

8.) 

Washington       

345

9.) 

Michigan         

348

10.)

Georgetown       

352

11.)

UTEP             

354

12.)

BYU              

406

13.)

Furman           

423

14.)

UCLA             

429

15.)

Oklahoma         

432

16.)

Boise State      

435

17.)

Eastern Kentucky 

446

18.)

Oklahoma State   

450

19.)

Minnesota        

464

20.)

Tulsa            

468

21.)

Southern Utah   

477

22.)

Virginia         

480

23.)

California       

524

24.)

Penn             

526

25.)

Michigan State  

543

26.)

Washington St.

547

27.)

Virginia Tech

581

28.)

NC State     

596

29.)

Florida State

598

30.)

Mississippi      

607

31.)

Texas            

833

 

 Iona's Cross Country All-Americans

Gilbert Kirui (2015)

Daniel Clorley (2013)

Mitch Goose (2011, 2012)

Leonard Korir (2010, 2011)

Ryan Sheridan (2009)

Alexander Soderberg (2009)

Mohamed Khadraoui (2006, 2007, 2008)

Andrew Ledwith (2008)

Abraham Ng'etich (2007)

Richard Kiplagat (2002, 2003, 2005)

Harbert Okuti (2005)

Joe McAllister (2003)

Mark Smyth (2003)

Vinny Mulvey (1999)

Ricardo Santos (1998)

Sean McGuirk (1988)

Iona Team Finishes At NCAA Championship

2015 

5th

2014 

8th

2013 

6th

2012

29th

2011 

9th

2010 

8th

2009 

8th

2008 

2nd

2007 

2nd

2006 

3rd

2005 

4th

2004 

7th

2003 

4th

2002

10th

2001 

DNC*

2000

15th

1999  

9th

1998

23rd

1997

13th

1993

19th

1985

19th

1982

18th

 

*-Did not compete, three top competitors were red-shirted