BOSTON - The University of Connecticut men's cross country team returns to action on Friday, Sept. 26 when it travels to Boston, Mass. to take part in the Coast-To-Coast Battle in Beantown. The 8K race is set to begin at 3:30 p.m. at historic Franklin Park.
The event will mark the Huskies' second race of the season after grabbing a third-place finish at the Wolfie Invitational on Sept. 13. Senior Co-captain David Cotton (Madison, Conn.) paced the Huskies, finishing the 8K race 18th overall with a time of 25:50.69. Connecticut finished with 102 points as a team.
Friday's race will feature many of the top teams in the Northeast Region, including No. 1 Syracuse, No. 3 Providence, No. 4 Columbia, No. 6 Harvard, No. 8 Cornell, No. 9 Northeastern, No. 13 New Hampshire, and No. 15 Stony Brook to create one of the most talented fields assembled for regional competition early in the season.
Nationally ranked No. 3 Oregon, which finished first overall as a team in the 2013 Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown, will also be in attendance for this year's meet. Also traveling to Franklin Park for the meet is Georgetown, the No. 4 team in the Mid-Atlantic region, and Lipscomb, No. 6 in the South.
"The race at Stony Brook was tough, this one is tougher," said head coach Greg Roy. "Whereas 80 people started that race, over 200 will start in Boston. Whereas the race at Stony Brook had the No. 16 team in the country, the Coast-to-Coast will feature the No. 3, 8 and 16 teams in the nation and is considered to be the highest level competition in the country this weekend. We'll have the same expectation, to race aggressively, but the conditions will be very different. In order to get off the line the same as we did in NY, you'll have to work harder to accomplish the same thing. The goal for this race will be to do that and be more aggressive in the second mile in order to give ourselves a chance to compete. The kids are excited and so am I."
Each competing team will be limited to 12 student-athletes in the featured race. This year, a third race which is a combined men's and women's 5K allows for unlimited entries from any of the invited teams, creating an opportunity for all members of these cross country rosters to race in a high level meet.
Check back to uconnhuskies.com on Friday afternoon for complete race results.