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Men's Cross Country Prepares for 2015 Paul Short Run

Mike O'Donnell was UConn's top finisher last weekend at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown.
Sept. 30, 2015

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – After competing against regional powers at the 2015 Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown last weekend, the UConn men’s cross country team continues its fall schedule when it heads to the campus of Lehigh to compete in the 42nd annual Paul Short Run on Friday, Oct. 2.

The action at Goodman Campus Cross Country Course will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the men’s 8K open before the College Gold 8K at 11 a.m. For a complete meet schedule, please CLICK HERE.

Last weekend, Sophomore co-captain Mike O’Donnell led the way for the Huskies in the 8K invitational race in Boston, crossing the line in 23:45.8 en route to a 27th-place finish. Next up, Ned Wilson(25:37.5) took 97th before sophomore Parker Timmerman collected a 106th-place overall finish with a 25:43.9 time. Aidan Fiol (25:47.1), Kyle Brackman (25:59.7), Patrick Begley (26:14.3), Wyatt Million (26:14.5) and Nick Bertoline (26:30.3) all grabbed top-160 finishes.The meet featured 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.



This season, the Gold Race will feature two of the nation’s top-15 teams in Villanova (No. 7) and Georgetown (No. 14) and also includes conference foes East Carolina, Tulane and Temple. Additionally, Canisius (No. 8) and Binghamton (No. 14) will represent top competition from the USTFCCCA Northeast Region.

“This event is similar to last week in that we’ll be racing against some of the nation’s top teams,” said head coach Greg Roy. “While the field is a little lighter up front, it is much deeper in the middle. It’ll be a good test for our team to compete against some of these tough middle teams.”

Last season, the Huskies checked in at No. 38  in the Men's Gold 8K race with 990 total points, headlined by a 156th-place finish by freshman Parker Timmerman (25:41). The U.S. Naval Academy came away with the victory, tallying 95 points and five top-25 finishers.

Check back with on Friday afternoon for a complete recap of the event.