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Blue Jay Quartet Competes In New England Championships

Blue Jay Quartet Competes In New England Championships

BRUNSWICK, Maine — The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's cross country team competed in the 2019 NCAA Division III New England Region Cross Country Championships Saturday.

Four Blue Jay runners took part in the men's 8000 meter individual event (USJ needed five runners to score points in the overall). Freshman David Kavanaugh (West Hartford, Conn.) closed an impressive maiden season by leading the Blue Jays, and better yet, all freshman in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) to the finish line, placing 168th out of 388 runners with a time of 27:49 (5:35 mile pace). Sophomore captain Eric Knox (Bristol, Conn.) was next in 329th with a 31:07 (6:15 mile pace). Sophomores Mario Manon-Porcella (Torrington, Conn.) and Chamroeun Chhorn (Danbury, Conn.) also finished for USJ.

Score: 1. Williams – 24   2. Colby – 93  3. MIT – 107
Location: Bowdoin College | Brunswick, Maine



  • Williams had five of the top-eight finishers to take the overall convincingly before others could even cross the line.
  • Kavanaugh was the eighth highest finishing GNAC runner overall, and the highest finishing GNAC freshman by nearly 20 seconds over freshman Ian Turpel of Colby-Sawyer.
  • Manon-Porcella was in a heated battle with junior Guillermo Figuereo of Clark at the finish line, besting him by only eight-tenths of a second.


388 – The number of male runners in the field representing 54 different schools, including USJ, Colby-Sawyer, Suffolk, Lasell and Regis of the GNAC.

A progressive season has come to an end for men's cross country. The Blue Jays placed second in two invites (Mitchell and the Blazer Classic) and won their lone home meet, the Blue Jay Invitational.

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