STORRS, Conn. – The UConn men’s cross country team is headed to Buffalo, N.Y. for the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship race on Friday with a spot at next weekend’s NCAA Championship race at stake.
"Our plan is for this to be our best meet of the year,” stated head coach Greg Roy. “Training is going great and we are 100 percent healthy.”
“There is a real opportunity for this team, as the top two teams qualify for the NCAA, and we've seen all of the players in the race. A great day might just do it. Individually, Patrick Begley and Mike O'Donnell have as good a chance as anyone of qualifying as individuals."
The UConn Huskies will compete with 43 other schools from around the Northeast at Friday’s race being held at the Audubon Golf Course in Buffalo. The women’s race will step off at 11:00 am with the men’s 10k following at 12 noon.
UConn has had an extra week to prepare for this year’s race, coming off their second place finish at American Athletic Conference championship on October 28. Three Huskies took home All-AAC honors at this year’s race in senior Mike O’Donnell (Methuen, Mass.), r-junior Patrick Begley (Suffield, Conn.) and junior Kyle Brackman (Berkeley Heights, N.J.).
At last season’s NCAA regional race, the Huskies finished 17th overall as a team with O’Donnell pacing the UConn field of runners with a 27th place overall finish. Brackman finished inside the top-100 runners last fall (95th) while Begley is back in this year’s race after missing it last season.
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