AMHERST, Mass. -
UConn redshirt junior Patrick Begley (Suffield, Conn.) won his first individual cross country title on Saturday as the Huskies also won the team crown at the Minuteman Invitational. The event was the opener for the UConn men's cross country team for the fall.
"Patrick was outstanding for us today in his first collegiate win as he really dominated after the two-mile mark," said head coach Greg Roy. "We beat Boston University, which is a good sign for us as they are a very good squad and we had trouble with them last year."
Begley won the race in 18:57 while Husky redshirt junior Michael McGonnigle (New Fairfield, Conn.) was fourth overall in 19:19 and junior PJ Garmon (Billerica, Mass.) was fifth in 19:22. Junior Kyle Brackman (Berkley Heights, N.J.) was seventh in 19:26 and junior Kyle Barber (Fayetteville, N.Y.) rounded out the Husky scoring as he was ninth in 19:30.
"For us to be as good as I think we can be this fall, we are going to need solid efforts like we got from all our scorers today," said Roy.
The Huskies won the team title with 26 points while Boston University was second with 53, Vermont third with 95 and UMass fourth with 110. Maine was fifth with 111, Sacred Heart sixth with 156 and Central Connecticut seventh with 168.
Senior captain Mike O'Donnell (Methuen, Mass.) and redshirt freshman Eric Van der els (Norwalk, Conn.) expect to be two top performers for the Huskies this fall and did not race on Saturday. Van der els is coming off winning the 1,500-meters at the Pan American Junior Championships this summer.
The Huskies return to action on Friday, September 29 when they travel to the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa.