BOSTON – Coming off its best conference meet finish in 25 years, the UConn men’s cross country team will look to keep up its momentum when it travels to Boston, Mass. to participate in NCAA Northeast Regionals on Friday, Nov. 13 at historic Franklin Park. The men’s 10K race is set to begin at 1 p.m.
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The Huskies secured a second-place finish at the 2015 American Athletic Conference Championship, led by a sixth-place individual finish from junior standout Mike O’Donnell. The Huskies finished the 8K race with 96 total team points, trailing only meet-winner and 13th-ranked Tulsa (22).
O’Donnell collected Connecticut’s best-ever individual American Athletic Conference Championship performance, taking sixth at 23:57.08. Teammates Alvaro Chavez(24:40.90) and Patrick Begley (24:43.06) took 18th and 19th, respectively, while Nick Bertoline (24:53.91) also collected a top-25 individual finish. Freshman PJ Garmon took 31st (25:02.82) followed up by Parker Timmerman (25:10.65), Kyle Brackman(25:22.89), Ned Wilson (25:30.48) and Aidan Fiol (25:49.49).
The team will be looking to improve on a 23rd-place Regionals finish from a season ago. Friday’s race will mark the Huskies’ second competition at Franklin Park of the year after the squad took 14th at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown on Sept. 25.
“We’re excited to get to this meet,” said tri-captain O’Donnell. “We have the pieces to make this a big year for UConn and this is a great place to get the ball rolling as a team. Individually, I’m looking to go out there and qualify for Nationals.”
Connecticut has shown marked improve in the 2015 campaign, winning both small invitationals (Minutemen, Rothenberg) it has competed in and also securing top-15 finishes in both larger meets (Coast-to-Coast, Paul Short) before collecting its best conference meet result since 1990 on Oct. 31.
“Every step of the season we have seen dramatic improvement,” said Husky head coach Greg Roy. “I know the guys are ready to go out and compete like they have all season.”
Parking at Franklin Park will be free of charge and open to the public, but there is limited capacity and it is directed by Boston Park Rangers. Fans could park up to a mile away, so fans are encouraged to arrive early.