Miami Places Fourth At Iona Meet Of Champions
Sept. 29, 2001
Bronx, N.Y. - With two of the top five finishers at the meet, Miami University's men's cross country team came in fourth at the 8,000-meter Iona Meet of Champions Saturday at Van Cortland Park in Bronx, N.Y. The RedHawks' team score of 108 blew away that of No. 7 Villanova (304) and No. 17 Iona (297).
Junior Brian Godsey (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) and sophomore Steve Padgett (Cincinnati, Ohio/La Salle) led the charge for the RedHawks, finishing third (24:47.8) and fifth (24:56.8), respectively, out of a field of 283. Godsey's time was just 4.9 seconds off the pace of the winner, Dartmouth All-American Tom McArdle.
Miami was the only non-Ivy League school to place in the top five. The Big Green won the meet with 81 points, with Princeton (second place, 93 points), Cornell (third, 101) and Harvard (fifth, 118) not far behind.
Junior Ryan Clark (Eaton, Ohio/Eaton [Tenn.]) turned in another strong performance, running a 25:29.2 to finish 18th. Junior Adam Cross (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) cruised to a 25:50.8 clocking to land in 34th. Senior Nate McClintock (Mantua, Ohio/Crestwood) followed in 49th (26:02.6) and freshman David Mitchell (Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove South) continued to show no sign of first-year jitters as he crossed the finish line in 26:06.2, good for 55th.
Junior Tim Hufford (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East), sophomore Jerry Claunch (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) and senior Nick Andrews (Kettering, Ohio/Alter) rounded out the Miami runners with finishes of 94th (26:30.9), 99th (26:32.5) and 130th (26:57.5), respectively.
The team is taking this weekend off from competition so it can prepare for the Oct.13 Pre-NCAA Invitational at Furman in Greenville, S.C.