WARWICK, R.I. – Competing in its final meet before the 2015 American Athletic Conference Championship, the UConn men’s cross country team captured the top spot at the Rothenberg Run, held at Goddard State Park in Rhode Island on Friday, Oct. 16.
Connecticut won the meet with 30 points, topping two of the top-15 teams in the USTFCCCA’s Northeast Region in Darmouth (No. 4) and Brown (No. 11). The Huskies’ average finish time in the 8K race was 25:15, which was 20 seconds faster than the nearest competitor.
Michael O'Donnell was the top finisher in the race, crossing the finish line in 24:58.7 and averaging a 5:01.5 mile time. Sophomore Patrick Begley grabbed a bronze medal, finishing in third (25:08.5), while Alvaro Chavez (25:18.3), PJ Garmon (25:26.2) and Kyle Brackman (25:26.5) picked up top-10 finishes. Parker Timmerman (25:31.2), senior tri-captain Ned Wilson (25:36.9) and Nick Bertoline (25:37.3) also turned in solid performances, each cracking the top-15.
“We accomplished what we set out to do today,” said head coach Greg Roy. “I’m happy with the way our guys fought over the last mile and a half. With the conference meet coming up, we’re putting together some good performances. If we can take it up a notch, we’ll be dangerous in a couple of week in Greenville.”
UConn had five top-10 finishers while no other competing school had more than two.
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After week of rest, the Huskies head to Greenville, N.C. to compete in the league championship, set for Oct. 31. Check back with uconnhuskies.com for a meet preview.