Sept. 13, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men’s cross country team will open the 2013 campaign on Saturday, September 14, at the UMass Invite. The five mile race will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will take place on the UMass campus.
The Huskies have a young roster, with just two juniors anchoring the squad. Stephen Vento looks poised for a solid season as he placed 28th at the Ted Owens Invitational (27:49) in 2012. He also placed 52nd at the Connecticut College Invite and finished 200th at the NCAA Northeast Regionals (36:12.4). Alex Levine is the only other Husky upperclassman. Levine claimed fifth place in the 1,000 meter run in 2:24.87 at the IC4A Championships.
"The first couple of weeks of practice have gone really well and the coaching staff and the student-athletes are excited to see what we can do in our opener this weekend at UMass,” stated assistant coach Renny Waldron. “We have a great group of guys here and they understand what needs to be done to get better."
Sophomores James Agati, Alvaro Chavez, Ned Wilson, Bryan Fowler return for another season in Storrs while transfer David Cotton and track and field standout Robert Rhodes will compete in their first cross country season under head coach Greg Roy. Rhodes ran the third leg of the 4x400m relay where UConn captured fourth (7:36.60) at the Big East Championships in the spring.
Connecticut’s incoming freshmen to the 2013 roster are Mitchell Brown, John Hansell, Paul Holden, Wyatt Million, Mike O’Donnell and Ryan Pearl.
"Although we have no seniors on the team, we have a great mix of veterans and newcomers. We have a lot of youth on the team, highlighted by a promising group of freshman. We're especially pleased with how junior Stephen Vento is coming along, as he has put in an excellent summer of training. We expect to see him a leadership role in this weekend's meet,” Waldron finished.