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Dean Cronin Co-Named MIAA Athlete of the Week

Blarney-Inniscarra AC's Dean Cronin has been Co-Named as Mid America Intercollegiate Athletic Association Athlete of the Week

February 14th 2017


Dean Cronin Photo Fort Hays

Dean Cronin - Photo: Fort Hays State University

 Fort Hays State University Website


Blarney-Inniscarra AC athlete, Dean Cronin, on scholarship at Fort Hays State University, in Kansas City, U.S.A., has been co-named as Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Men's Track Athlete of the Week, after setting a Fort Hays State University 800m  record, running a time of 1:50.27


From Fort Hays State University website:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Fort Hays State junior Dean Cronin has been named the MIAA Men's Co-Track Athlete of the Week on Tuesday, Feb 14th. He shares the honor this week with distance runner Vincent Kiprop from Missouri Southern.

Cronin set a new Fort Hays State University record in the 800 meters by running a time of 1:50.27 at the Concordia Invitational in Seward, Nebraska.

Due to the track size, the time was converted down to 1:48.72 giving him an automatic qualifying mark and the second-fastest time in the nation. He won the event, but teammate Brett Meyer was right on his heels, who also ran an automatic qualifying time. That gives Fort Hays State University two of the three runners nationally to post automatic qualifying times in the 800 this season. Cronin already has set four new individual records at Fort Hays State University for the indoor season in the mid-distances after transferring to Fort Hays State University at the beginning of the spring semester.

At Pittsburg State, Vincent Kiprop broke his own 3000-meter record by more than 13 seconds as he placed second with a time of 8:04.04. That mark ranks second nationally, and tops in the MIAA.



Fort Hays State made double-digit spot jumps in the polls, coming in at 20th, respectively.

Fort Hays State’s ranking is the highest in program history, and it can be attributed to Decano (Dean) Cronin and Brett Meyer in the 800 meters. The duo posted the 2nd and 3rd fastest times in the event in Division II, respectively, this past weekend at the Concordia Invite. The Tigers ranked 49th a week ago.

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