By John Manley
Mick Byrne’s Iona Gaels won their first-ever Northeast Regional Cross Country Championship by outscoring Providence 51-57 at Franklin Park in Boston recently. Iona and Providence advance to the NCAA Championships in Bloomington, Ind., next Monday, Nov. 22.
Providence’s Keith Kelly, a senior from Drogheda, took individual honors with his winning time of 29 minutes, 30 seconds for 10,000 meters. Brown’s Enda Johnson, a sophomore from County Monaghan, was next to finish in 29:46. Also placing in the top 10 were Iona’s Vinny Mulvey, a junior from Ashbourne, Co. Meath, who was fourth (clocked in 29:51), Providence’s Dermot Galvin, a sophomore from Kilrush, Co. Clare, who was sixth (30:16), and Providence’s Paul Reilly, a sophomore from Loughrea, Co. Galway, who was seventh (30:18). Iona’s Barry Egan, a sophomore from Cahir, Co. Tipperary, was 23rd (30:54).
Providence’s women’s squad beat Brown 62-72. Kathryn Casserly, a sophomore from Galway, finished 34th in 18:03, while teammate Roisín McGettigan, a Wicklow freshman, was 64th in 18:30. The Friars’ Heather Cappello won the race in 17:12. Ray Treacy coaches Providence.
Arkansas’ men’s team prepared to seek its 10th national title by winning the South Central Regional in Denton, Texas. The Razorbacks scored 26 points. It was a long way back to Texas A&M in second place with 84 points. Arkansas’ Michael Power won the race in 30:07. Alan Dunleavy, a Razorback sophomore from Dublin, was 15th in 31:53, and was immediately followed by Keith O’Doherty, a senior from Thousand Oaks, Calif., in 31:58. Mayo native John McDonnell coaches Arkansas.
Western Kentucky’s women’s team finished 11th at the Southeast Regional in Greenville, S.C. Valerie Lynch, a junior, placed 14th with a time of 17:47. Freshman Olga Cronin was 52nd in 18:41, classmate Carolyn Daly was 99th in 19:24, junior Lisa Cronin was 100th in 19:25, and sophomore Terri Hennessy was 126th in 19:52. The aforementioned are all from Cork. There were 202 runners in this event. Trish Nervo of North Carolina-Charlotte had the winning time of 17:03.
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A quartet of coaches who hail from Belfast tasted defeat last weekend.
Wingate’s Gary Hamill was named South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year. Hamill led the Bulldogs to an 8-0-0 mark in SAC play. Wingate fell in the championship match of the SAC tournament to Tusculum, 1-0. Then, Wingate took on Queens College in an NCAA Div. II first-round match, but saw the season end with a 2-0 loss. Wingate finished the season 17-5-1.
Penn State lost the Big Ten championship match to Indiana, 2-1, in double overtime. Barry Gorman’s Nittany Lions were leading 1-0 with 10 minutes to play, when the Hoosiers tied the contest to force an overtime. Indiana scored the deciding goal in the ninth minute of the second overtime period. Penn State fell to 17-3-1 with the loss.
Clemson finished the season with a 1-0 loss to North Carolina in the quarterfinal round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Trevor Adair’s Tigers finish the season with a record of 9-8-2.
Old Dominion may have seen its season end with a 1-0 loss to William & Mary in a semifinal match of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. Alan Dawson coaches the Monarchs, who are 15-4-0.