April 18, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Strong performances in the distance events, IC4A qualifying marks in the field and four first place finishes produced a winning combination as the Holy Cross men's track and field team claimed first at the Hart Track on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders took first place with 148 points, Bryant claimed second with 105, Central Connecticut placed third with 94, Maine finished fourth with 105 and Patriot League opponent Colgate finished fifth with 80 points. American International College, Stonehill and Hartford rounded out the bottom three, scoring 77, 77 and 60 points respectively.
Leading the Crusaders in the field events was senior Stephen Mandravelis (Nashua, N.H) with a first place finish and IC4A qualifying distance of 53.56 meters in the hammer throw. Sophomore Kenneth McKenna (Ossining, N.Y.) claimed second with a distance of 45.92 meters. In the discus, senior Jonathan Medeiros (New Bedford, Mass.) took first place with a distance of 41.90 meters, while McKenna finished second with a distance of 38.79 meters. The Crusaders also took the top two spots in the shot put, with junior Nicholas LeBlanc (New Bedford, Mass.) claiming first with a distance of 14.44 meters and Medeiros in second with a distance of 14.13 meters.
On the track, the members of the Holy Cross distance team continued to dominate claiming the top three spots in the 5,000. Senior Brad Mish (Hadley, Mass.) led the pack with a first place finish and New England qualifying time of 14:55.18. Freshman Cory Loftis (Branford, Conn.) placed second with a New England qualifying time of 14:56.22, while junior Timothy Richard (Attleboro, Mass.) placed third with a time of 15:11.79. In the 3,000 steeple chase, freshman Dan Altenau (Eastchester, N.Y.) finished second with a time of 10:02.68. Senior Andrew Maggio (Chelmsford, Mass.) narrowly missed the New England qualifying mark in the 200, finishing in fourth place with a time of 22.63.
The Holy Cross men's track and field team will continue competition at the Hart Track, hosting Clark, New Hampshire, Quinnipiac, Rhode Island and Worcester State at 3:00 p.m.