BOSTON - The University of Connecticut men's cross country team finished 18th at the 2014 Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown on Friday afternoon at historic Franklin Park in Boston.
Junior Ned Wilson (Hartford, Conn.), one of two Husky captains in 2014, paced the squad, finishing in 124th place with a time of 26:29. The Husky leader ran the 8K at a 5:20 mile pace. Wilson was followed up by freshman Michael McGonnigle who grabbed a 127th-place finish (26:32).
The Huskies finished with 549 points, edging out fellow Northeast Region foe Hartford (601). No. 3 nationally-ranked Oregon took first place with 24 points.
The 8K race featured many of the top teams in the Northeast Region, including No. 1 Syracuse, No. 3 Providence, No. 4 Columbia, No. 6 Harvard, No. 8 Cornell, No. 9 Northeastern, No. 13 New Hampshire, and No. 15 Stony Brook.
"I thought we raced well in the early going but we didn't perform in the middle," said head coach Greg Roy. "We will learn about our team's character based on how we can bounce back."
The Huskies will rest up for eight days before heading to Bethlehem, Pa. to take part in the 2014 Paul Short Invitational.