Nov. 2, 2013
MADISON, Conn. – The University of Connecticut men’s cross country team finished in fourth place at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship meet. Connecticut, who played host to the event at Hammonasset State Park, was paced by a pair of young runners in sophomore captain Bryan Fowler (Tolland, Conn.) and freshman Mike O’Donnell (Methuen, Mass.). The duo earned 12th and 15th place, respectively, in the 8k race.
Louisville claimed the first-ever American Championship with 28 points. First overall finisher Tyler Byrne led the Cardinals with a time of 22:57.
"We had a good day overall,” said Coach Renny Waldron of the squad’s effort Saturday afternoon. “The guys competed, showed a lot of heart, and really got after it. As a team we aim to have the best race of the season when it matters most, and that is what we did today. We are especially proud of our all-conference runners, red-shirt sophomore Bryan Fowler and freshman Mike O'Donnell.”
In addition to Fowler and O’Donnell, David Cotton was the third UConn runner to cross the line, racing to a 24:28 finish in his home town of Madison, Conn. Ned Wilson (Hartford, Conn.) and Stephen Vento (Weston, Conn.) also chipped in scored runs to round out the top five.
The young Husky squad will not lose any members to graduation and only includes two juniors on its current roster. Looking ahead to next season, coach Waldron views the returning experience as a very positive indication of the squad’s abilities. “We return everyone next year and it's very exciting to think about the possibilities that lay ahead,” he concluded.