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Iona MXC Finishes 10th at 2016 NCAA Championship

Courtesy:  Iona Athletic Communications
Release:  November 19, 2016

TERRE HAUTE, IN - The Iona College men's cross country team finished 10th overall at the 2016 NCAA Division Championship held at LaVern Gibson XC Course. It was the Gaels 14th Top 10 finish at the national championship in the last 15 years. All five scorers finished within 32 seconds of each other, the smallest spread among the first 20 teams in the standings.

Senior Kieran Clements was Iona's top finisher in 44th place, good for a 34 on the team score. He completed the 10,000-meter event in 30:30.2. Junior Chartt Millerwas 64th overall (50 team score) just over eight seconds later (30:38.4). Junior Gilbert Kirui challenged lead pack early but crossed the line in 87th place (30:47.2). Junior Johannes Motschmann crossed six spots and 2.7 seconds later. Sophomore Liam Dee was Iona's fifth scorer in 117th place (93 team score, 31:01.3).

Villanova senior Patrick Tiernan was the individual champion, edging Syracuse's Justyn Knight for the title. Oregon's Edward Cheserek was third, ending his chances at a fourth-straight individual crown. No. 1 Northern Arizona was the team champion. Stanford, Syracuse, Mississippi, Arkansas, Colorado, BYU, Wisconsin, Oregon and Iona rounded out the Top 10.

2016 NCAA Men's Cross Country Championship
Terre Haute, IN - LaVern Gibson Championship XC Course
November 19, 2016 - 10k

Iona Finishers
Pl.)  Name                 Yr.  Time    Tm Scre
44.)  Kieran Clements      Sr.  30:30.2      34
64.)  Chartt Miller        Jr.  30:38.4      50
87.)  Gilbert Kirui        Jr.  30:47.2      68
93.)  Johannes Motschmann  Jr.  30:49.9      74
117.) Liam Dee             So.  31:01.3      93
170.) Jac Hopkins          Fr.  31:23.5     140
197.) Brandon Allen        Jr.  31:38.9     164

Team Scores
Rk.  School          Score
1.)  Northern Arizona  125
2.)  Stanford          158
3.)  Syracuse          164
4.)  Mississippi       196
5.)  Arkansas          206
6.)  Colorado          223
7.)  BYU               247
8.)  Wisconsin         256
9.)  Oregon            282
10.) Iona College      319
11.) Tulsa             340
12.) Oklahoma State    363
13.) Portland          368
14.) Washington St.    370
15.) UCLA              378
16.) Iowa State        384
17.) Colorado St.      388
18.) Virginia          476
19.) Boise State       478
20.) Michigan State    504
21.) Georgetown        534
22.) NC State          543
23.) Illinois          564
24.) Providence        611
25.) Dartmouth         621
26.) Navy              622
27.) Southern Utah     629
28.) Mid. Tenn. State  697
29.) UTEP              707
30.) Texas             736
31.) California        776

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