STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Senior David Cotton (Madison, Conn.) grabbed an 18th-place finish to help pace the University of Connecticut men’s cross country team to a third-place finish at the 2014 Wolfie Invitational on Saturday morning. The 8k race marked UConn’s first event of the season.
The Huskies finished the afternoon with 102 total points, trailing only Providence (26) and Columbia (30). Cotton, who entered the season as UConn’s top returning finisher from the American Athletic Conference Championship, crossed the finish line in 25:50.60.
Freshman Michael McGonnigle (New Fairfield, Conn.) turned in a stellar performance in his first collegiate race, grabbing 25th place (25:58.76), while Ned Wilson (Hartford, Conn.) also checked in with a top-30 performance (26:07.30).
“11 of the 15 athletes who toed the starting line today had never worn a Connecticut singlet,” said head coach Greg Roy. This is the youngest team I've seen in my 30 years at the University of Connecticut. Facing nationally ranked teams in Columbia and Providence, we had a choice of running like who we thought we were or who we wanted to be. We came off the line hard and raced toe to toe with Columbia and Providence through the first 2-to-2.5 miles. We couldn't quite hang on to it and those two teams duked it out for the win. It was a good test to see where we are at this moment. I thought the freshman comported themselves very well and Cotton and Wilson provided solid leadership.”
Connecticut will have the opportunity to rest up for 13 days before returning to action at the Boston College Invitational on Sept. 26 at historic Franklin Park.