BOSTON – The University of Connecticut men’s cross country team rounded out the 2015 season on Friday, Nov. 13 when it collected a 21st-place overall finish at the NCAA Northeast Regionals held at historic Franklin Park.
UConn finished the 10K meet with 583 total points and had a pair of individual finishers in the top-80. Nationally-ranked Syracuse won the event with meet-best 29 points and the top-three overall finishers.
Junior tri-captain Mike O’Donnell was the first Husky to cross the finish line on Friday, taking 51st overall with a 31:48 time. Patrick Begley was the next athlete to finish, grabbing 80th with a time of 32:17. Next up, Wyatt Million (33:07) placed 128th, while Aidan Fiol (33:20) took 151st. Freshman Kyle Brackman (33:32) and sophomore Parker Timmerman (33:45) rounded out the UConn field.
The team improved on its 23rd-place Regionals finish from a season ago which signifies another milestone for the program after it posted its best conference meet finish in 25 years on Oct. 31. UConn’s 2015 regular season was highlighted by a pair of wins in smaller invitationals (Minutemen, Rothenberg), as well as a pair of top-15 results in both larger meets it competed in (Coast-to-Coast, Paul Short).
“I thought Mike did a good job up front and Patrick ran well,” said Husky head coach Greg Roy. “This was a really good season of improvements for our team. I think we have shown a lot of growth and the future is bright for our program.”
Friday’s race also marked the Huskies’ second competition at Franklin Park of the year after the squad took 14th at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown on Sept. 25.
Connecticut’s average 10K finish time was 32:49. For complete individual and team results, please CLICK HERE.