Team Finish - 2nd/14
Team Score - 80 points
Top Finisher - Ian Mirtile 4th/83
Location - Belmont Plateau
For the first time in over ten years, the Nyack College Men's Cross Country team placed among the top-2 teams at the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship; falling short to Wilmington University's score by just 28 points. The Warriors would improve drastically from their 10th place team finish last season at the championship. The last time men's cross country placed 2nd at a CACC Championship was during the 2004 and 2001 seasons.
How It Happened:
First in for the Nyack team was Ian Mirtile (Melbourne, Australia... 4th) in a personal course record time of 28:05, Thomas Trott (16th) was the second Warrior in at 29:14, followed by Mateusz Gacik (Mysliborz, Poland... 20th) in 29:27. Rounding out the Warrior top-5 scorers was Zachary Trador (Seminole, FL... 22nd) in 29:31 and Nathaniel Dominy (Christiansburg, VA... 23rd) in 29:34. Samuel Weller (Largo, FL... 44th) Kelvin Kiprop (Iten, Kenya...45th) displaced as Nyack's 6th and 7th runners respectively.
Giancarlo Martinez from Chestnut Hill University took the individual title with a run of 27:08 over the 8-kilometer course.
At the post race awards ceremony, Warrior Mirtile was named CACC Rookie of the Year, which is presented to any first-year competitor having the best stand-out season among the conference along with the newcomer's highest finish placement at the cross country championship. In addition, Mirtile was also named for the first time in his career to the 2015 All-Conference Team having placed among the top-15 individual finishers.
2015 ALL-CACC MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
1. Giancarlo Martines (Chestnut Hill) 27:08.6
2. Ken Fontal (Wilmington) 27:33.9
3. Victor Polumbo (Concordia) 27:53.7
4. Ian Mirtile (Nyack) 28:05.6
5. Mike Secret (Felician) 28:05.6
6. John Ducham (Post) 28:20.3
7. Booray Adam Nour (Dominican) 28:21.3
8. Kevin McLaughlin (Wilmington) 28:30.2
9. Aaron Easter (Goldey-Beacom) 28:32.2
10. Eric Barton (Chestnut Hill) 28:37.5
11. James Menendez (Bloomfield) 28:45.8
12. Andrew Milham (Wilmington) 28:49.0
13. Ethan Fadale (Philadelphia) 28:53.4
14. Logan Jones (Goldey-Beacom) 29:03.5
15. Miguel Suero (Wilmington) 29:13.2
2015 CACC RUNNER OF THE YEAR
Giancarlo Martines (Chestnut Hill)
2015 CACC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Ian Mirtile (Nyack)
2015 BSN SPORTS CACC COACH OF THE YEAR
Keith Jones (Wilmington)
2015 CACC CHAMPIONSHIP TOP XV AWARD
Mike Secreti (Felician)
2015 ROB ROMAN MEMORIAL TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
Following the CACC Championship, Nyack returns to action on November 8th at the NCAA Division II East Regional Championships, held at the Hopkinton State Fairgrounds in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, and hosted by Franklin Pierce University. For the complete 2015 Men's Cross Country Schedule click here.
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