BOSTON – Fresh off a first-place finish in its season opener at the Minutemen Invitational, the UConn men’s cross country team returns to action on Friday, Sept. 25 when it travels to historic Franklin Park in Boston, Mass. to participate in the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown.
The 8K invitational race, which is hosted by Boston College, is set to begin at 3:30 p.m. Full results will available on TFRRS.org following the conclusion of competition. The meet will feature many of the top schools from the region, including No. 1 Syracuse, No. 3 Providence, No. 4 Cornell, No. 6 Dartmouth and No. 10 Brown.
“We’re stepping up in class this weekend,” said head coach Greg Roy. “This meet is going to come down to leadership. Our captains need to lead our young team. We’re excited and head into the weekend with high goals.”
The Huskies claimed the top spot at the 2015 Minutemen Invitational on Sept. 12 in Amherst, Mass. As a team, UConn averaged a 19:53 time in the 6K race, which was .01 seconds better than the Amherst average finish.Junior tri-captain Mike O’Donnell posted the top finish on the team, taking second overall with a 19:31.2 result. Michael McGonnigle took fifth (19:48.8) and Patrick Begley(19:53.0) secured the Huskies’ third top-10 finish when he checked in in ninth.
A season ago, Connecticut placed 18th at the annual event, led by a 124th place finish from co-captain Ned Wilson. Wilson was followed up by McGonnigle, who grabbed a 127th-place finish (26:32). The Huskies finished with 549 points, edging out fellow Northeast Region foe Hartford (601). No. 3 nationally-ranked Oregon took first place with 24 points.
Check back with uconnhuskies.com on Friday evening for a complete recap of all the action.