BUFFALO, N.Y. – Competing in its second meet in six days, the UConn men’s cross country team cruised to a first-place team finish at the 2016 UB Stampede on Friday at the Audubon Golf Course. The Huskies won the seven-team meet with 38 points, finishing 33 points better than the second-place team (71).
Connecticut averaged a meet-best 25:02 finish on the 8K course and placed six individuals in the top-15 overall.
“It was a great team result today,” said Husky head coach Greg Roy. “This was a very good meet field with some teams that beat up on us a little bit last year and looked to be improved so we’re definitely happy to get a win. Both captains were great in their return and Harrison Block turned in a nice performance. I was pleased with the way that we executed and am happy with the progress we have made. If we continue to develop the way we have in the first two meets, we will have a chance to have a nice year.”
Co-captain Michael McGonnigle made his 2016 debut in style, picking up a second-place individual finish with a 24:46.3 second mark, checking in just ahead of fellow captain Mike O’Donnell, who registered a time of 24:46.8 seconds.
Next up, freshman Harrison Block shined in his second collegiate race, cruising to an eighth-place individual finish (24:57.5), while Parker Timmerman, who was the team’s top finisher a week ago, picked up 11th after crossing the finish line in 25:17.9 seconds.
Audubon Golf Course will also serve as the site of the NCAA Northeast Regional championship on Friday, Nov. 10.
Friday’s meet field included McMaster, Duquesne, Buffalo, Youngstown State, Western Ontario and Cansius. The overall individual winner was Ryan Sullivan of Youngstown State, who checked in at 24:36.5.
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Connecticut will have a three-week break before returning to action at the New England Championships on Oct. 8 in Boston. A complete meet preview will be posted on uconnhuskies.com.