NYU wins Metro Championship ahead of ranked DI squads Iona, Columbia
With three runners in the top five, New York beat out 11 other schools, including ranked DI opponents, to win the Metro Championship in Riverdale, NY, on Friday. NYU was the only Division III school in the race.
Rounding out the top three in team scoring were Fordham (68 points) and 17th-ranked DI Columbia (78 points). Ethan Heywood of fifth-ranked DI Iona won the race in a time of 25:53.71.
NYU, currently ranked No. 19 in the latest USTFCCCA Division III Top 35 Poll, led the way and scored 50 points over the 8K course. Sebastian Oja was the first Violet to cross the finish line and his time of 26:05.61 was good enough for second place.
Kevin Bonilla (26:22.49) finished third and Dylan Karten (26:30.85) finished fifth for the Violets. The Violets' two other point scorers, Dave Knowles and Dharen Kadiyala, also had strong showings. Knowles' time of 26:53.84 put him in 14th and Kadiyala came in 26th with a time of 27:28.85.
This was the first time since 2007 that NYU has won the Metro Championship. The team has come close in recent years with second-place finishes in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
Oja, Bonilla and Karten continue to lead the way for the Violets. In the 11 combined races that the trio has competed in this season, all three runners have finished in at least the top 11 each time, including seven combined top-five finishes.
"It was a very exciting race, we wanted to compete hard and our guys ran well,” head coach Nick McDonough said. “Kevin Bonilla came up big and Oja had another strong race. It was a good win.”