BRONX, N.Y. – In his final collegiate cross country race, graduate student tri-captain Dan Savage ran five miles in a collegiate-best time of 25:37.9 to finish 11th in a field of 203 runners and to lead the Saint Joseph's men's cross country squad to a third-place team finish in a field of 25 teams at the 2017 IC4A Championship, held at Van Cortlandt Park on Saturday afternoon. The Hawks, who totaled 132 points and an average five-mile time of 26:00.96, finished only behind Temple (43 points) and Columbia (112 points) in a much-expanded field this year.
Saint Joseph's has now earned a top-three finish at the IC4A Championship four times in the last five years.
All five of SJU's scorers - Savage, sophomore Zach Michon (18th), senior tri-captain David Dorsey (32nd), junior Jack Daly (35th), and senior tri-captain Collin Crilly (40th) - earned IC4A All-East honors for placing in the top 40. The senior tri-captains of the group - Savage, Dorsey, and Crilly - also earned All-East honors in 2016.
Savage ran a five-mile, sub-26:00 IC4A race in for the first time in his collegiate career, holding off Marist's Dietrich Mosel and Temple's Kevin Lapsansky for the 11th-place finish. Savage led the Hawks all season, finishing as SJU's top runner in all six of his races this fall.
In his first collegiate IC4A Championship race, Michon crossed in 25:49.7 for 18th overall.
Dorsey, SJU's only Hawk to compete in the fourth IC4A Championship race of his career, ran a collegiate-best, five-mile time of 26:08.4 for 32nd overall, while Daly crossed his second IC4A Championship finish line in 26:12.1, nearly a minute and a half faster than last year's time, for 35th.
Racing in his third IC4A Championship, Crilly crosed in a collegiate-best, five-mile time of 26:16.7, good for 40th to close out the scoring for the Crimson and Gray.
Additionally, with 25 points, the Hawks won the IC4A Coaches Race in a field of five teams vs. Marist (44 points), Fordham (77), Manhattan (117), and Rider (121). Led by sophomore John Walker's fifth-place individual finish in a field of 50 runners, SJU put six Hawks in the top 11 for the team victory. Andrew Myers (9th, 27:12.2), Jake Durante-Koller (22nd, 28:18.1), and Kevin Dorsey (26th, 28:26.7) also capped their senior seasons in the IC4A Coaches Race.
The meet officially closes the 2017 cross country season. The Hawks will open the 2017-18 indoor track and field season on Saturday, December 2 at the Jack Pyrah Invitational, to be held at Haverford College's Alumni Field House in Haverford, Pa.