The Friars’ Mary Cullen also advanced to the Nationals when she finished fourth in the women’s 5,000. The Sligo sophomore’s 15:56.96 earned her a trip to Sacramento, Calif., next weekend. North Carolina’s Shalane Flanagan broke the tape in 15:45.94.
Iona’s Mark Smyth was second closest to teammate Richard Kiplagat at the conclusion of the men’s 5,000. The Sligo sophomore finished in 13:56.27, while his victorious teammate crossed the line in 13:50.52. Behind them were Iona’s Joe McAlister, a Belfast junior, who was 10th in 14:13.39, Providence’s Paul Reilly, a Providence grad student from Loughrea, Co. Galway, who was 19th in 14:25.46, and Sean Connolly, an Iona sophomore from Tallaght, Co. Dublin, who was 31st in 14:41.30.
Brown’s Enda Johnson finished 12th in the men’s 1,500. The senior from County Monaghan ran the finals round in 4:11.48, considerably slower than the 3:49.97 he posted in the preliminaries. Villanova’s Tom Parlapiano won the event in 3:42.93.
Martina Gillen tied for 40th place in the Women’s Division I NCAA Championship, played at Birch Boilermaker Golf Complex’s Kampen Course in
West Lafayette, Ind. The Kent State junior from Dublin shot 307 (81-76-78-72) for 72 holes. Southern California’s Mikaela Parmlid and Florida’s Andrea Vander Lende shared the winning score of 297. Parmlid won the playoff. Southern Cal was the team champion, with Kent State tied for 19th place, 59 strokes behind.