Gillespie Earns MAAC, ECAC Honor; MXC Ranked No. 4
Courtesy: ICGaels.com  
Release: Wednesday 10/17/2012
NEW ROCHELLE, NY – Iona College men's cross country graduate newcomer Matthew Gillespie was named ECAC and MAAC Men's Cross Country Performer of the Week for his third place finish at the Forth Annual Adidas Invitational at the University of Wisconsin on Friday. 

Gillespie finished third overall at the Thomas Zimmer Cross Country Course on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, completing the 8k course in 23:25. Gillespie finished behind NCAA Championship favorites and Arizona duo Lawi Lalang and Stephen Sambu. He nipped Texas A&M senior Henry Lelei by a second for third place.

Competing against 21 of the nation's Top 30 teams and six other squads receiving votes, the No. 5 Iona College men's cross country team finished second overall. 

Gillespie is the fourth Iona performer to earn a MAAC weekly honor this season. Sophomore Ethan Heywood, senior Chris Stogsdill, and graduate student Mitch Goose were also honored.  Heywood and Goose have also earned ECAC Runners of the Week.

The performance by the Gaels helped move Iona from No. 5 in the USTFCCCA poll up to No. 4 this week.

The next race for the Gaels will be at the MAAC Championships next Saturday (Oct. 27) in Lake Buena Vista, Fl at Disney's Wide World of Sports. The Gaels are the defending MAAC Champions and are looking to win their 22nd straight MAAC title.

USTFCCCA NCAA DIVISION I
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY NATIONAL COACHES’ POLL
2012 Week #5 – October 16th

Rk.) School          Votes
1.)  Oklahoma State    353
2.)  Colorado          343
3.)  Stanford          339
4.)  Iona College      322
5.)  BYU               316
6.)  Oklahoma          306
7.)  Texas             283
8.)  Oregon            275
9.)  Arkansas          257
10.) Columbia          251
11.) Michigan          227
12.) New Mexico        206
13.) Eastern Kentucky  198
14.) Florida State     186
15.) UCLA              182
16.) Syracuse          165
17.) Portland          159
18.) Duke              146
19.) Tulsa             139
20.) Wisconsin         134
21.) Virginia Tech     131
22.) Northern Arizona  126
23.) Princeton         115
24.) Indiana           103
25.) Iowa State         80
25.) Villanova          80
27.) Georgetown         49
28.) Georgia            47
29.) Texas A&M          38
30.) Kansas             15

Others Receiving Votes: Arizona State 3, Eastern Michigan 3, Florida 2



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