Bronx, New York - The men's cross country team had their first opportunity to race their full squad at the Iona Meet of Champions at a challenging course in Van Cortlandt Park on Saturday afternoon. The Bears captured the team title with 44 points ahead of Boston College (69) and Iona (84). Penn University took 6th place with 138 points and Columbia University came in 7th with 166 points.
"It was a solid opener for our veterans," said head coach Tim Springfield. "They all ran significantly faster than they did a year ago on the same course. It's nice to get a win, but we have a lot of work to do to progress to where we need to be for the larger meets."
Leading the Bears was Senior captain Kevin Cooper (Waterford, IRL), completing the 8-kilometer course in 25:36 to finish in 6th place overall. Erik Berg (Seattle, WA) crossed closely behind Cooper in 7th place and a time of 25:40.
Junior Colin Savage (Liverpool, NY) set a personal record for the distance, finishing in 25:48 in 9th place. Running with Savage was senior Conor Grogan (Hudson, MA) crossing the line in 25:50 and rounding out the top 10 finishers. Scorer Brendan Boyle (Mansfield, MA) completed the course in 26:05, good for 17th place. Coach Springfield additionally explained, "I was most pleased with the one to five split, which is something we are really working towards this season."
Junior Jeff Bush (Westborough, MA) and sophomore Mark McGurrin (Manilus, NY) put in solid efforts finishing together in 26:16 (24th) and 26:17 (25th) respectively. Senior Ben Stephenson (Austin, TX) wrapped up the squad's efforts with a time of 26:44 (51st).
The Brown cross country team will compete next at the competitive Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University on September 28th.