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Keane and Fay win cross-country regionals

On Friday, Butler University’s Barry Keane won the Great Lakes Regional men’s cross country race in Terre Haute, Indiana. Keane, a Waterford senior, improved on his second place finish in this race last year. He covered 10,000 meters in 29:38.3, almost 13 seconds ahead of second. Next up for Keane is Saturday’s NCAA Division 1 championship race in Stillwater, Okla.

Brian Fay, a Washington University senior from Dublin, was home first in the West Regional at University Place, Washington. His time for 10,000 meters was 28:17.2.

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Washington’s Brian Fay won the NCAA West Regional.

The University of Tulsa won the Midwest Regional, placing four runners (including three from Ireland) in the top 10. Shay McEvoy, a sophomore from Kilkenny, placed third with a time of 29:42.0 over 10,000 metres. Behind him were team-mates Cormac Dalton, a senior from Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, fourth, in 29:42.1, and Michael Power, a senior from Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, sixth, in 29:42.8. Oklahoma State’s Isai Rodriguez led the chase in 29:40.1.

Marcus O’Sullivan’s Villanova Wildcats will also be on stage at Stillwater. They won the Mid-Atlantic Regional in University Park, Pennsylvania, placing five riders in the top 12. Charlie O’Donovan, a senior from Cork, was third for the Wildcats and eighth overall. He got the 10,000 meters in 30:12.0. Teammate Liam Murphy was first at home in 29:52.6.

A trio of Irishmen finished in the top 50 at the South Regional in Huntsville, Ala. Fearghal Curtin of Florida State, a senior from Cork, was sixth with a time of 29:30.0 for 10,000 yards. Shane Bracken of Mississippi, a senior from Foxford, Co. Mayo, placed 32nd with a time of 30:42.9, while Louis O’Loughlin of Auburn, a sophomore from Clondalkin, Dublin, took finished 42nd in 30:59.6. The race went to Victor Kiprop of Alabama in 29:21.2.

Syracuse senior Paul O’Donnell of Dublin took eighth place in the Northeast Regional at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. He needed 29:41.1 to finish the 10,000 meters. A quartet of runners from Providence College were also on the field. Shane Coffey was the fastest of the four, finishing 24th with a time of 30:03.6. He is a second year student from Naas, Co. Kildare. Further afield were David McGlynn, a senior from Williamstown, Co. Waterford, 37th in 30:27.8, Abdel Laadjel, a sophomore from Lucan, Dublin, 38th in 30:29.2, and Michael Morgan, a sophomore from Sligo, 137th in 32:13.7. Harvard’s Graham Blanks won the race with a time of 29:14.1.

Kevin Mulcaire, a senior from the University of New Mexico in Clarecastle, Co. Clare, finished 42nd to finish in the Mountain Regional in Albuquerque, NM. He clocked 29:04.8 in the 10,000 yards. Nico Young of northern Arizona was first in 28:01.8.

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

Jane Buckley, a freshman at Providence College, Cork, finished third in the North East Region at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The Big East Conference champion ran 6,000 yards in 20:27.4. Her teammates Niamh O’Mahony, Orla O’Connor and Laura Mooney took 14th, 17th and 46th place respectively. O’Mahony, a freshman from Listowel, Co. Kerry, came in at the 20:59.4 mark, with O’Connor, a senior from Waterford, at 21:02.8 and Mooney, a sophomore year of Cappincur, Co. Offaly, along in 21:32.7. Harvard’s Maia Ramsden was first at 20:20.6.

Temple University’s Laura Nicholson finished 26th in the Mid-Atlantic Regional in University Park, Pennsylvania. A sophomore from Cork, she covered 6,000 meters in 21:08.6 in a race won by West Virginia’s Ceili McCabe in 19:58.3.

Portland’s Claire Fagan, a senior from Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, placed 83rd in the West Regional at University Place, Washington. She got the 6,000 meters in 20:42.4. Kaylee Mitchell of Oregon State won the race in 19:19.2.

Ruth Heery, a Loyola (Ill.) junior from Waterford, was 108th to finish in a field of 233 women at the Midwest Regional in Columbia, Mo. Her time for 6,000 meters was 21:50.8. Illinois’ Olivia Howell beat the tape in 20:02.9.

FIELD HOCKEY

No. 16 Albany pulled off a big upset in the NCAA first round, beating fourth-seeded Michigan, 2-1, in overtime in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Friday. Dublin senior Hannah Mangan stopped eight Wolverines shots, including three in extra time and a penalty kick. The magic ended for the Great Danes on Sunday, however, with a 2-1 loss to Penn State. Mangan made two saves as Albany finished a 16-5 season.

MEN’S FOOTBALL

Ryan Carmichael set up what turned out to be the game-winning goal as Hofstra beat Elon, 2-1, at the loser’s pitch on Saturday in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament Championship game. Carmichael’s header was stopped by Elon’s keeper, with the rebound kicked in by Pride’s Francesco Perinelli. Carmichael is a junior striker from Portadown, Co. Armagh. Next up for Hofstra (14-3-3) is an NCAA first-round commitment with South Florida in Tampa on Thursday.

Justin Croke scored a goal and assisted another to help Arts & Sciences of Oklahoma defeat Southwestern Christian, 3-2, in a Sooner Athletic Conference semifinal game in Bethany, Okla. It was the 10th goal of the season for the Waterford junior midfielder. . The Drovers (12-5-3) then lost the league game, 3-0, to Mid-America Christian.

SWIMMING

Mona McSharry, a University of Tennessee junior from Grange, Co. Sligo, won two events in a doubleheader against Florida. She won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:00.88 and won the 200-yard version in 2:15.07. She also earned third place in the 50-yard freestyle. Florida outscored the Vols, 204-96.