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Arquimedes DelaCruz led the Red Foxes to a ninth place team finish.
Courtesy: Marist Athletics

Marist Finishes 9th At Iona Meet Of Champions

Courtesy: Marist Athletics
         
Release: September 17, 2011
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BRONX, NY - Led by junior Arquimedes DelaCruz' 16th-place finish, the Marist College men's cross country team placed ninth out of 19 teams Saturday at the Iona College Meet of Champions, held at Van Cortlandt Park.

DelaCruz paced the Red Foxes, placing 16th overall out of a field of 222 runners. DelaCruz completed the 5-mile course in 25:38.72, just 12 seconds slower than his Van Cortlandt personal-best time set at the season-ending 2010 ICAAAA Championships. Sophomore Ken Walshak was next across the line for Marist, placing 37th overall in 26:25.64.

Junior Mike Nicoletti was the third finisher for the Red Foxes in a breakthrough performance. Nicoletti was 65th overall in 26:43.11, improving upon his previous Van Cortlandt personal-record by 31 seconds.

Senior captain Brian Townsend (26:51.48) and freshman Justin Tampellini (26:53.68) rounded out the scoring for the Red Foxes. Townsend placed 73rd and notched a VCP personal-record time. Tampellini was 74th in his first career race at VCP.

The team finish was an improvement over the Red Foxes' 2010 showing, when they placed 15th with 404 points.

The Red Foxes return to action next Saturday with a partial squad participating at the Ted Owens Invitational, hosted by Central Connecticut State University.

Men's results

Team standings: 1-Iona 19, 2. Brown 64, 3. Albany 71, 4. Army 120, 5. Columbia and Edinboro 180, 7. Penn 193, 8. Boston College 206, 9. Marist 244, 10. Shawnee State 285, 11. Fairfield 287, 12. Conn College 337, 13. Temple 383, 14. Findlay 420, 15. Millersville 466, 16. Manhattan 475, 17. West Florida 503, 18. Siena 508, 19. Hofstra 517

Marist men's results 5-mile course

16. Arquimedes DelaCruz 25:38.72 37. Ken Walshak 26:25.64 65. Mike Nicoletti 26:43.11 73. Brian Townsend 26:51.48 74. Justin Tampellini 26:53.68 113. Tommy Lappas 27:30.42 114. Kevin O'Sullivan 27:31.26 119. Joel Moss 27:34.36 132. Mike Keegan 27:53.88 143. Mohamed Eid 28:01.26 149. Mark Valentino 28:07.86 151. Ryan Fitzsimons 28:09.48 156. Billy Hild 28:19.01 192. Ian Dorset 29:10.27

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