STORRS, Conn. -
The UConn men's cross country team has an important Friday this week as it takes part in two different races. The top seven performers on the team will travel to the Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational at the Zimmer Championship Course in Madison, Wisc.
Other members of the Husky team will participate in Rothenberg Run at Goddard Park in Warwick, R.I.
The Nuttycombe will feature 35 teams this year and is considered the top in-season collegiate cross country meet in the country. At least half of the top 20 teams in the country traditionally compete in the race each year. The race is named after Ed Nuttycombe, who served as the head coach for the Wisconsin men's track and field team for nearly 30 seasons (1985-2013) and is the winningest men's track coach in Big Ten history.
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"It's an interesting and important weekend for our entire team," said head coach Greg Roy. "The Nuttycombe is the best race in the country outside of the national championship in terms of competition. Our purpose there is to race at a higher level - like at the regional championship. It's a large meet so you are running in space, so you can't necessarily tell how you are doing unless you are at the very front. You need a certain mentality to do well in these large races."
The seven Husky runners travelling to Wisconsin are junior Kyle Barber (Fayetteville, N.Y.), redshirt junior Patrick Begley (Suffield, Conn.), junior Kyle Brackman (Berkeley Heights, N.J.), redshirt junior Michael McGonnigle (New Fairfield, Conn.), sophomore Ian Mickool (Ridgefield, Conn.), senior Mike O'Donnell (Methuen, Mass.) and redshirt freshman Eric Van der els.
Another eight Husky runners will take place in the Rothenberg Run, which will be an important opportunity for someone to advance into the conference championship lineup. "We have big weekend goals," said Roy.
"Our goal is to win at the Rothenberg and be among the top ten teams in Wisconsin. If we can do that, we are a top 20 team in the country."