STORRS, Conn. -- After finishing fourth at the second-ever American Athletic Conference championships last November, the UConn men's cross country team is gearing up for the 2015 season, which is set to begin on Saturday, Sept. 12.
On Tuesday, Husky head coach Greg Roy announced that senior Ned Wilson (Hartford, Conn.) will serve as captain for the 2015 campaign. Also one of two 2014 team captains, Wilson finished 25th at The American championship a season ago, wrapping up the 8K race in 26:19. At the 2014 NCAA Northeast Regionals in Van Cordtland Park in Bronx, N.Y., Wilson placed 128th with a time of 32:38.96 in the 10K event.
"As a second-year captain, Ned brings a wealth of experience to our young team," said Roy. "He's one of the better leaders I've had in my career at UConn. He commands the respect of his teammates and has really put in a ton of work with the distance guys in the last five or six months."
The Huskies begin the fall schedule at the Minutemen Invitational in Amherst, Mass. before returning to the Bay State for the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown on Sept. 26. A week later, the squad hits the road for the 42nd annual Paul Short Run (Oct. 2), where it finished 38th a season ago.
Next up, the Huskies return to the Rothenburg Run, where they captured a second-place finish in 2014. Overall, the team averaged a 25:39 finish time, just behind Vermont's 25:26. The Huskies (56) topped Brown (56), Dartmouth (92), URI (115) and Bryant (139).
Following the conference meet, which is set for Oct. 31 in Greenville, N.C., the team will round out action at the NCAA Northeast Regionals on Nov. 13 in Boston.
The Huskies' 17-man roster includes six freshman and a pair of All-Conference selections (Michael McGonnigle, Michael O'Donnell). The program welcomed Kyle Barber (Fayetteville, N.Y.), Kyle Brackman (Berkeley Heights, N.J.), PJ Garmon (Billerica, Mass.), Chris Heydrick (Elliot City, Md.), Connor Holm (Rosemont, Pa.), and Matt Russo (Westfield, N.J.) to the Storrs Campus for the start of the 2015-16 academic year.
"We're much farther ahead of where we were last year," Roy commented. "I think this team has a good combination of quality and depth. We certainly want to see improvements from last year but are happy with the group of guys that we have going into this season."
Check back with uconnhuskies.com on Thursday for a complete preview for the Minutemen Invitational.