RIVERDALE, NY - The Iona College men's and women's cross country teams vie for the 2013 MAAC Championships Friday afternoon at Van Cortlandt Park. Both programs look to extend lengthy conference title streaks in the men's 8k and women's 6k events hosted by Manhattan College.
Women's 6k - 12:00 pm
Men's 8k - 12:45 pm
WE'RE GOIN' STREAKIN' PART I
The men's program looks to extend NCAA Division I's longest active conference championship streak to 23 Friday afternoon. The Gaels have won each MAAC Championship since the 1991 campaign. Iona has earned seven perfect scores of 15 during the stretch, last achieving the mark in 2011. Last season, Iona won the event with a score of 16.
WE'RE GOIN' STREAKIN' PART II
The women's program has won eight straight MAAC Championships and share NCAA Division I's longest active championship streak. The honor is up for grabs this year as they are tied with one of the MAAC's newest members, Quinnipiac. The Bobcats won the Northeast Conference Championship each year since 2005 before joining the MAAC this season.
A NEW (INDIVIDIUAL CHAMPION) WILL BE CROWNED
The 2012 men's champion Mitch Goose has graduated leaving the individual title up for grabs. The Gaels return their other four scorers from last year's event including the second, third, fourth and sixth place performers: Matthew Gillespie, Daniel Clorley, Jake Byrne and Andrew Kowalsky. Red shirt freshman Kieran Clements makes his MAAC Championship debut and will also contend for the individual crown.
The women's side also lost its reigning champion to graduation in Marion Joly-Testault. Seniors Katie Niblock and Kirsten Stewart finished second and third in 2012 and are joined by newcomers Kate Avery and Maya Rehberg as contenders for title. Junior Regina Neumeyer returns from injury and looks to also factor at the front of the pack.
Fiften runners from the men's program will compete including:
Twelve harriers from the women's squad to the line Friday afternoon: