The Iona College men's and women's cross country teams are set to host the 19th Annual Iona College / Br. John "Paddy" Doyle Meet of Champions on Saturday (Sep. 21) at historic Van Cortlandt Park. The field consists of 20 men's and women's teams in each race featuring regionally ranked teams across NCAA Div. I and II.
OFFICIAL RACE NAME: 19th Annual Iona College / Br. John "Paddy" Doyle Meet of Champions
THE MEN'S FIELD: Highlighted by host and No. 13 ranked Iona College the 2013 Meet of Champions race field consists of 20 teams. The Gaels are ranked second in the Northeast and are joined by regional rivals Yale (No. 8) and Brown (No. 11). Other regionally ranked squads include Mid-Atlantic No. 7 Navy and No. 12 Saint Joseph’s. Division II American International is ranked No. 12 in the country and first in the East region. Adelphi is receiving votes in the national poll and is ranked third in the East. Iona's MAAC foes Manhattan, Marist, Quinnipiac and Siena are also among the race field. Albany, Army, Boston College, Kent State, Monroe College, Northeastern, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Joseph’s UMass Lowell and Valparaiso round out the team's competing in the event.
THE WOMEN'S FIELD: Iona - No. 6 in the Northeast - joins Yale (No. 9), Brown (No. 11) and Saint Joseph’s (Mid-Atlantic No. 11) as Division I squads participating in the race and ranked in their region. Adelphi is ranked No. 4 in the East Region of Divison II. In addition to the Gaels MAAC rivals Manhattan, Marist, Quinnipiac and Siena, the 20 team race field includes: Albany, American International, Army, Colgate, Kent State, Monroe College, Northeastern, St. Francis Brooklyn, St. John’s, UMass Lowell, and Valparaiso.
IONA MEN'S OUTLOOK: Nine runners represent the Gaels in this year's race with five making repeat performances from last year. Senior Chris Stogsdill was the team’s top performer with a fourth place finish in 2012. It will be Stogsdill’s fourth Meet of Champions appearance in 2013. Red shirt sophomores Mike O’Dowd (14th) and Otis Ubriaco (27th) join junior Ethan Heywood (35th) as scorers from the third place team finish. Red shirt freshman Kieran Clements competed as an unattached runner in 2012 and was third overall. Red shirt sophomore Jake Byrne races in his second Meet of Champions after running unattached in 2011. Senior Daniel Clorley and freshmen Andy Adamovics and Thomas McClellan make their debut in the event Saturday.
IONA WOMEN'S OUTLOOK: Nine harriers represent Iona at the 2013 Meet of Champions with four competing in last year’s event. Sophomore Kate Avery was the dominating race winner in 2012. Running unattached, she finished 51 seconds ahead of the No. 2 performer in the race. Senior Katie Niblock was seventh overall, senior Leigh Mazzella was 46th, and junior Marlene Delices finished 52nd as scorers for the Maroon & Gold in its fourth place team finish. Niblock competes in her third Meet of Champions in 2013. Senior Courtney Veilleux also makes her third appearance having appeared a freshman and sophomore. Seniors Tara Jameson and Luci McLoughlin and freshmen Maya Rehberg and Zoe Wojtech make their event debuts.
TOP 15 MEN'S RETURNERS: Four top 10 finishers from last year’s race will compete in the 2013 Meet of Champions. Iona redshirt freshman Kieran Clements (running attached in 2013) is the top returning finisher in third place. His teammate Chris Stogsdill finished fourth. Kent Stat’s Steve Fisher came in eighth and was followed by Brown’s Colin Savage in ninth place.
3.) Kieran Clements Unattached 25:27.62
4.) Chris Stogsdill Iona College 25:31.89
8.) Steve Fischer Kent State 25:41.42
9.) Colin Savage Brown 25:48.80
14.) Mike O'Dowd Iona College 25:58.73
16.) Ricardo Galindo Army 26:02.25
17.) Brendan Boyle Brown 26:05.55
21.) Anthony Bellitti Boston College 26:13.43
23.) Andrew Goodwin Kent State 26:16.46
24.) Jeff Bush Brown 26:16.97
25.) Mark McGurrin Brown 26:17.98
27.) Otis Ubriaco Iona College 26:22.11
29.) Ryan Egan Siena 26:24.34
35.) Ethan Heywood Iona College 26:31.49
37.) Samuel Allen Kent State 26:33.15
TOP 15 WOMEN'S RETURNERS: Four top 10 performers from the 2012 race return this season, two from Iona and two from Army. Kate Avery (running unattached in 2012) was the race winner while her Gael teammate Katie Niblock was seventh overall. Army’s Elizabeth O’Donnell came right behind Niblock in eighth while Linday Gabow was 10th overall.
1.) Kate Avery Unattached 21:19.35
7.) Katie Niblock Iona College 22:42.88
8.) Elizabeth O'Donnell Army 22:56.84
10.) Linday Gabow Army 23:05.51
21.) Mindy Sawnor Kent State 23:33.13
22.) Christie MacFarlane Siena 23:38.07
24.) Hannah Fleck Kent State 23:44.87
27.) Paige Foster Kent State 23:47.64
35.) Rachel Slingluff Kent State 24:11.22
46.) Leigh Mazzella Iona College 24:35.65
52.) Marlene Delices Iona College 24:48.50
53.) Brigid Callaghan Kent State 24:48.72
56.) Alexandra Cappello Manhattan 24:57.95
60.) Elizabeth Rosenberg Manhattan 25:10.05
65.) Alyssa Windle Manhattan 25:22.69