BUFFALO, N.Y. – The UConn men’s cross country team finished 11th in a field of 37 teams at the NCAA Northeast Regional at Audubon Golf Course in Buffalo, N.Y. The Huskies’ top-five finishers were all in the top-77 finishers among nearly 250 runners at the annual event.
Leading the UConn contingent was r-junior Patrick Begley (Suffield, Conn.) who took 21st with a time of 32:35.9 on the 10k course, giving him All-Northeast Region honors. Begley missed last year’s race and finished 80th at the 2015 NCAA Regional.
“Conditions were brutal, which in not unexpected for Buffalo in November,” stated head coach Greg Roy. “Patrick was All-Northeast Region with his performance and had a really great finish to a beautiful season for him. The rest of our guys really went out and competed. Look at this race and from third to 11th was the difference of around 70 points, that is saying something. I am very pleased with were we finished. We got in there and mixed it up and it was a great race.”
The Huskies improved on their 17th place finish from a year ago at the NCAA Regional meet and had their best finish at the annual race since the 2011 season when they took 10th, also in Buffalo. The Syracuse Orange took home the team title on Friday.
Senior Mike O’Donnell (Methune, Mass.) ran in 54th place, clocking in at 33:21.6 while r-junior Michael McGonnigle (New Fairfield, Conn.) and junior Kyle Brackman (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) both improved on their finishes from last year. McGonnigle was 63rd with a time of 33:33.4 while Brackman was 70th overall posting a time of 33:39.6. Sophomore James Mas (Trumbull, Conn.) rounded out UConn’s top-five in 77th at 33:46.7.
“The kids will talk about this one when they are old and grey. The conditions with what they were, when they got up it was snowing! No one complained one bit, we just got out there and raced.”