Oct. 9, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut men’s cross country team will travel to Boston on Saturday afternoon in search of its second New England Championship in the last three years. The 8k race is set to begin at 1:15pm on October 12th at Franklin Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
Since 2003, Connecticut has enjoyed six top-ten overall finishes at the New England Championships, including a first-place team win in the 2011 season. The Huskies, ranked 10th in USTFCCCA Regional Poll on September 30th, will look to improve on their sixth place finish in last year’s competition. Adding momentum to their efforts should be the team’s pair of first-place finishes to open the season. Rookie runner Michael O’Donnell (Methuen, Mass.) enters Saturday’s race as the top performer on the UConn squad, serving as the team’s first runner across the line in the 6,200 meter UMass Invitational on September 14th and the 8k Ted Owen Invitational on September 21st. David Cotton (Madison, Conn.) and Steven Vento (Weston, Conn.) have also been steady contributors on the UConn roster and will look to make an impact in Boston. The race will also feature newly minted team captain Bryan Fowler (Tolland, Conn.) in his season debut. Fowler will look to boost the team’s final results with a big effort on Saturday afternoon.
Coach Renny Waldron anticipates a solid UConn showing this weekend in Boston, as the Huskies enter into the highly competitive championships portion of their fall schedule. Coach Waldron had this to say about Saturday’s race: New Englands marks the start of the championship season, and it will be a real test for our team. We are happy with the progress that all of our athletes have made with the last few weeks of training. To reach our potential we will have to race with a mix of intelligence and grit; certainly we feel that our athletes will rise to the challenge.”
For more information regarding meet schedules, results, course map, and previous years’ finishers, please visit http://www.neicaaa.org. Be sure to check back to UConnHuskies.com for post-race results.
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