Sept. 13, 2012
The 2012 men’s cross country season gets underway Saturday as the Eagles will compete at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y. for the Brian Doyle Meet of Champions hosted by Iona College. Saturday will mark the second consecutive season that the Eagles will compete in this event after placing eighth out of 19 teams last year.
The 2012 squad will welcome seven freshmen and one graduate student into the fold. Ryan Clardy, Chris Cogliano, Ryan Cooney, Tom Hennessy, Richard Moschella, David Taranto, and Greg Watch round out the freshman class. Tyler King is the lone graduate student on the Eagles roster and looks to bring some experience along with him.
“Graduate student Tyler King, who was an undergraduate at Princeton, comes in with some great credentials,” said head coach Matt Kerr.
A strong senior class highlights this season’s roster as James Glover, Jordan Hamm, Danny Kane, Nahed Lakkis, Jack Linehan, and Louis Serafini all return. Hamm was selected as ACC Performer of the Week on October 11, 2011 for his efforts at the New England Championships while Serafini earned his first All-East accolade at the IC4A Championship.
“We have a deeper team than in past years,” said Kerr. “Our senior class is strong and ready to lead the way.”
Due to the renovations at Franklin Park this year, there will be no home meets for the Eagles. The Brian Doyle Meet of Champions at Iona (Sept. 15) and the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh (Sept. 23) highlight the first month’s action. October includes the New England Championships in Westfield, Mass (Oct. 7), The Rothenberg Race at Brown University (Oct. 19), and the ACC Championship at Virginia Tech (Oct. 27). The season will conclude in November with the NCAA Northeast Regional in New London, Conn (Nov. 9) and either the IC4A Championship at Iona or the NCAA Championship at Louisville on Nov. 17.
“We have changed the schedule this year by adding Lehigh's Paul Short Run. It is a higher profile meet that will expose our team to greater competition,” said Kerr. “We would like to be a contender at the New England Championships and move up in the ACC and NCAA Regionals from where we finished a year ago.”