GREENVILLE, N.C. -- 15 days after collecting a first-place finish at the Rothenberg Run, the UConn men's cross country team is set to compete at the 2015 American Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday, Oct. 31 at Lake Kristi in Greenville, N.C. The 8K race is set for begin at 10 a.m. and will be streamed live on The American Digital Network.
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UConm wrapped up the regular season portion of its schedule on Oct. 16 at the Rothenberg run, headlined by a gold-medal performance from Michael O'Donnell, who crossed the finish line in 24:58.7. Patrick Begley took third overall, finishing in 25:08.5, while Alvaro Chavez (25:18.3), PJ Garmon(25:26.2) and Kyle Brackman (25:26.5) picked up top-10 finishes. Parker Timmerman (25:31.2), senior tri-captain Ned Wilson (25:36.9) and Nick Bertoline (25:37.3) also turned in solid performances, each cracking the top-15.
Lake Kristi serves as the home course for the East Carolina men's and women's cross country teams. The course has been the home to numerous cross country meets throughout the years, including four NCAA Regionals and a pair of Conference USA Championship meets. Saturday's meet will mark the Huskies' first-ever trip to the competition site.
Connecticut will be looking to improve on its fourth-place finish at The American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. from a season ago. Michael McGonnigle was the first Husky to finish the 8K race, crossing the line in 25:45. He was followed up by Alvaro Chavez (26:11) and Ned Wilson (26:19), who claimed 22nd and 25th, respectively. Host-school Tulsa won the conference crown, finishing with five of the top 10 individual finishers, while Cincinnati (84) and Houston (96) rounded out the top-three.
"We know we're going to be facing some tough competition on Saturday," said head coach Greg Roy. "We're not racing to finish second. We're going to go out there to try and win."
The meet features nationally-ranked Tulsa (No. 13), as well as regionally-ranked teams in Temple (No. 12, Mid-Atlantic) and Houston (No. 8, South-Central).
Check back with uconnhuskies.com on Saturday afternoon for a complete recap of the event.