By John Manley
Keith Kelly isn’t resting on the laurels he earned from his victory in last fall’s NCAA Cross Country Championship. The Providence College senior from Drogheda won the men’s 3,000-meter run at the New England Challenge Cup at Boston University recently. Kelly’s time of 8:02.79 qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championship next month.
Second to Kelly was teammate Dermot Galvin, a junior from Kilrush, Co. Clare, timed in 8:11.35. The Friars’ Larry Morrissey, a senior from Waterford, won the mile in 4:12.98. Paul Reilly, a junior from Loughrea, Co. Galway, got the Friars’ distance medley relay team rolling to a win in 10:20.50.
A week later, coach Ray Treacy had Providence back in Boston for the Terrier Classic. Kelly took a bye, but Reilly and Morrissey contested the 3,000. Reilly finished fifth in 8:20.38, while Morrissey was 17th to finish in 8:37.80. Teammate Ciaran Lynch, a senior from Limerick, was 23rd in 8:42.89. Galvin tried the 5,000-meter run and was third in 14:08.72.
The Providence women were also out and about. The distaff version of the New England Challenge took place at Brown University in Providence, where sophomores Roisin McGettigan and Emer O’Shea raced to victories at 800 and 1,000 meters, respectively.
McGettigan, who calls Wicklow home, won in 2:13.63, while O’Shea, from Limerick, broke the tape in 2:57.03. Hot on her heels was teammate Kathryn Casserly, a junior from Galway, who was second in 2:57.51. Casserly was next seen competing in the mile at the Terrier Classic, in which she finished fifth, with a 4:57.16 clocking.
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Freshman Andrew Bree contributed a win in the 200 breaststroke and a second-place finish in the 200 individual medley as second-ranked Tennessee defeated Florida, 128.5-107.5. His win was timed in 2:00.66. In the medley, he swam the pool in 1:49.81. Florida’s Bryan Kim won this in 1:49.55. Bree’s home is in Helens Bay, Co. Down.
Erica Carroll picked up a victory in the 100 butterfly as Kenyon College dusted both Case Western, 156-109, and Oberlin, 162-103, in a tri-meet.
Carroll’s winning time was 57.64 seconds. Carroll was also triumphant in two races in a dual meet against Cincinnati. She won the 100 backstroke in 59.02 and the 200 backstroke in 2:06.78. Cincinnati won this outing, 120-77. Carroll is a senior from Flushing, N.Y. Her parents hail from Milford, Co. Cork and Charlestown, Co. Mayo.
Cleveland State’s recent tri-meet with Wright State and Illinois-Chicago found Dublin freshmen Niall McGrane and Aidan McLaughlin pushing the winners in their respective heats. McLaughlin was third in both the 100 and 200 freestyle, both of which were won by Wright’s Carl Thompson. McLaughlin swam the 100 in 47.81 against a winning time of 46.21. He finished the 200 in 1:47.15 to Thompson’s 1:45.24. He also swam the second leg in Cleveland’s winning effort in the 400 freestyle relay.
McGrane finished second to teammate Andrew Hancock in the 200 butterfly. McGrane parted the water in 1:56.67, while Hancock got the job done in 1:55.54. McGrane was also fifth, timed in 2:02.03, in the 200 individual medley, won by Cleveland’s Mauricio Berrios in 1:57.43. Cleveland defeated Illinois-Chicago, 154-75, but was outscored by Wright State, 131.5-107.5.
King’s College knocked off crosstown rival Wilkes, 73-70. The losers had been the top ranked team in Div. III and were undefeated entering the contest in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. King’s junior forward Emmet Donnelly scored three points, going 1-for-2 from the floor and 1-for-4 from the line. The Dubliner also had two rebounds before fouling out. King’s is 14-5.
Gary Dredge gave Azusa Pacific 13 strong minutes in the Cougars’ 80-66 victory over Vanguard. The junior from Clondalkin, Co. Dublin, was perfect on two field goal attempts and two free throws for six points. He also had seven rebounds. Azusa is 22-2.
Susan Moran paced the scoring attack in both of St. Joseph’s of Philadelphia’s games last week. The junior from Tullamore, Co. Offaly scored 18 points in a 60-55 loss to Temple. Moran went 8-for-17 from the field and 2-for-3 from the foul line. She also had five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. St. Joe’s got back into the win column with a 67-50 trouncing of Rhode Island. Moran was the game’s high scorer with 25 points on 12-for-19 from the field and 1-for-1 from the line. She also had six rebounds, three assists and three steals. She played only 28 minutes, due to foul trouble, which saw her whistled off the floor once she picked up her fifth personal foul. St. Joe’s is 12-10 overall and 6-5 against Atlantic 10 rivals.
Patricia D’Arcy earned the first dual match victory of her collegiate career in Arkansas’ 6-1 win over Southwest Missouri State. D’Arcy, a Dublin sophomore, handled Marta Rubina at sixth singles, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.