Oct. 29, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut will compete in the first-ever American Athletic Conference men's cross country championships on Saturday, November 2nd at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Conn. The men's 8k race will be the first of the day at 11AM on Saturday morning. The women's 6k meet will commence after the men's, with start time set at 11:50AM.
Connecticut will play host to the championships this year, which will prove convenient for families and friends to attend the race. Half of UConn's roster hails from within the state, with seven players residing in the Nutmeg State. "We are excited to host the championships this year," offered Coach Renny Waldron. "The team is ready to go and looking forward to racing in front of their friends, families and proud alumni."
In the race, Coach Waldron anticipates leadership will be a key component for a successful weekend. "We expect that our team captain, red-shirt sophomore Bryan Fowler, will lead the charge, but we are fortunate to have a pretty tight group throughout our top 9," he commented. Fowler led the team at the New England Championships two weeks again in Boston, MA with a time of 25:21. Mike O'Donnell finished second in the Husky lineup, just eight seconds behind Fowler, while David Cotton rounded out the top three with a 25:43 effort on the October 12th meet.
While leadership will be essential, all runners will play critical roles in contributing to the team effort. Coach Waldron highlights the evenly balanced squad's ability to compete with one another on the score sheet. "Our scores have been pretty close all season, time-wise and place-wise, and that is our strength going into this meet, that we have a team that is consistent and there is a small gap between our #1 and #5 runners," said Coach Waldron.
About The Course: Hammonasset Beach State Park will serve as the site of the inaugural American Championship meet. The park serves as Connecticut's largest shoreline park with over two miles of beach. The park first opened to the public in 1920, briefly closing during World War II to serve as an aircraft range. Today, over one million people visit Hammonasset annually. The 6k and 8k courses feature a loop around the scenic park, which will provide a flat path of almost exclusively grass surface.
Championship Central: For complete information including directions to the race, course maps and parking guidelines, please log on to www.TheAmerican.org/XC under Championship Central. This site will also post results and video from the championship. For the first time, the conference will be producing a live stream for viewers at home to follow all the action. Simply click on the link above to view on your computer, tablet or mobile device. The live footage will be completely free of charge and will feature coverage of the race, the awards ceremonies and interviews.
The video feed will also be provided below: