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We hope you enjoyed our coaches sharing some of their favorite motivational quotes this week as part of #UMassCoachQuotes. We'll have another round of those coming next week as well. For now, let's look back at what our coaches submitted this past week.



















Frank Corona of The Daily Collegian caught up with Coach LaFreniere, Coach O'Brien and Rachel Hilliard in this week's cross country article recapping the Atlantic 10 Championship. 

VIDEO: Massachusetts Cross Country Previews A-10 Championship

The Daily Collegian's Frank Corona wrote an article previewing the 2013 Cross Country Atlantic Championship taking place in Richmond, Va. this Saturday.

Collegian: UMass women's cross country ties for first at mini-meet

Arthur Hayden of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the UMass women's cross country team tying for first at the CCSU Mini-Meet along No. 4 Providence over the weekend.

Just weeks after earning All-Conference honors at the A-10 Championships, Antony Taylor was honored as the online winner for the 2012 FloTrack Stashies at Nashies Awards for his mustache. 



http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/249913-2012-NCAA-Division-I-Cross-Country-Championships/article/15670-2012-Stachies-at-Nashies-Awards

Here was the campaign video he made to win the award.


Take a look at the feature story on Rachel Hilliard's success in the classroom and in athletics written by Jackson Alexander of The Dailey Collegian. The feature also includes an interview with the head coach of the women's cross country and track and field teams Julie LaFreniere.

Massachusetts women's track and field coach Julie LaFreniere received an e-mail in mid-March that perplexed her.

The e-mail, from the academic services within the athletic department, notified her that all women's sophomore track and field athletes could sign up for fall courses.

But on the list was freshman cross country and track and field athlete, Rachel Hilliard.

Read on

Duncan Leads Men's XC At A-10's

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Matt Stewart has a great feature on cross country graduate student Sean Duncan, in the Sentinel Enterprise. With a time of 24:44.0, the Gardner, Mass native placed eighth overall, while garnering All-Conference recognition. As a team, UMass placed fifth in a field of 14 conference squads.

"UMass (127 points) rounded out the top five in the nine-team conference, just finishing behind fourth place Dayton (119 points)," writes Stewart.

Feature: Roa Running Towards Her Future

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The Queens Courier out of Queens, N.Y. has a great full page feature story on senior Karen Roa. The Jamaica, N.Y. native has been UMass' top harrier in 2011, taking first place on the team in four meets, while garnering one A-10 Female Cross Country Performer of the Week Award.

"A track star from Jamaica keeps Queens in her heart as she pounds the New England pavement, collecting accolades and running circles around the competition" writes Steve Mosco.

Feature: Roa Running Towards Her Future

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The Queens Courier out of Queens, N.Y. has a great full page feature story on senior Karen Roa. The Jamaica, N.Y. native has been UMass' top harrier in 2011, taking first place on the team in four meets, while garnering one A-10 Female Cross Country Performer of the Week Award.

"A track star from Jamaica keeps Queens in her heart as she pounds the New England pavement, collecting accolades and running circles around the competition" writes Steve Mosco.

Republican: XC Sweeps A-10 Weekly Awards

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Checkout Dick Baker's Local College Notebook. He has a mention about the UMass cross country teams sweeping this past week's A-10 Weekly Awards.

Cross Country Teams Head To Bryant Invite On Saturday

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The UMass Cross Country teams open the 2011 seasons at the Bryant Invitational on Saturday morning. Check out these videos which preview the season for both the men and women!



Happy Birthday: July 28- Sarah Barrett

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Happy birthday to Sarah Barrett of women's cross country and track & field!

Sarah Barrett

Happy belated birthday to Bryson Craft of men's lacrosse, Tanner Guarino of women's lacrosse, and Shiyi Zan of women's cross country/track who all celebrated their birthday on July 21. Happy belated birthday to Jesse O'Donnell of women's lacrosse and Jenna Goodwinn of women's soccer, the two celebrated their birthday on July 22. Finally, happy belated birthday to Matthew Palasek of men's lacrosse and Jennifer Harkey of women's cross country/track who celebrated their birthday July 25.

Bryson CraftTanner GuarinoShiyi ZanJesse O'DonnellJenna GoodwinMatthew PalasekJennifer Harkey

Happy Birthday: July 20- Em Chiu & Danielle Allocco

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Happy birthday to Em Chiu of rowing and Danielle Allocco of women's cross country and track!

Em ChiuDanielle Allocco

Happy Birthday: July 19- Danielle McNiff

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Happy birthday to Danielle McNiff of women's cross country & track!

Danielle McNiff

Happy Birthday: July 6- Sean Duncan

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Happy birthday to Sean Duncan of UMass track & cross country!

Sean Duncan

A quartet of UMass student-athlete birthdays on May 12. Happy Birthday to lacrosse attacker Art Kell, women's soccer goalkeeper Emersyn Pullan, women's runner Samantha Sacchetti, and hockey defenseman Colin Shea

Art Kell  Emersyn Pullan  Samantha Sacchetti  Colin Shea
Best wishes for a great birthday on May 6 to sophomore runner Courtney Baldwin and freshman lacrosse player Peter Von Rosenvinge. Enjoy your big day!!

Courtney Baldwin  Peter Von Rosenvinge

Happy Birthday: April 16 - Runners Bishop & Bourque

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On the day of Minuteman Invitational, we wish Happy Birthday to a pair of track members on April 16: Nicole BishopRachelle Bourque

Nicole Bishop  Rachelle Bourque

Happy Birthday: April 13 - Coach Cahoon, Fisk, Hill

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Best wishes for Happy Birthdays on April 13 to hockey head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon, women's runner Elizabeth Fisk and men's basketball forward Matt Hill.

Elizabeth Fisk  Matt Hill

Happy Birthday: March 29 - Lam, Power, Skoog

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Happy Birthday to a trio of UMass freshmen on March 29: women's runner Melody Lam, hockey forward Troy Power and football lineman Jeff Skoog.

Melody Lam  Troy Power  Jeff Skoog

Happy Birthday: Dec. 21 - Matt Clark, Tyler Holmes

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Wishing a great birthday today to football All-American Tyler Holmes and cross country assistant coach Matt Clark.

Tyler Holmes  Matthew Clark

Talking Turkey 6-Mile Cross Country Race

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Bill Wells looks at the first and second place finishes of David and Kevin Johnson at the annual Talking Turkey Thanksgiving Day Race in Holyoke, Mass.

"It's nice, he got me two years ago when I took second" said David of just beating out his brother Kevin this past weekend. Check out the full story from The Springfield Republican

Happy Birthday To Six UMass Athletes On Oct. 27

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One of the most popular birthdays among student-athletes at UMass is Oct. 27. Six birthdays to celebrate including five members of the track and field squads, here's a rundown: 

Men's Track Daniel Barry, Women's Soccer Meghan Collins, Men's Track twins David Johnson and Kevin Johnson, Women's Track Jaime Mastrorio and Women's Track Jennifer Simao

Daniel Barry  Meghan Collins  David Johnson  Kevin Johnson
Barry                       Collins                    D. Johnson              K. Johnson

Jaime Mastrorio  Jennifer Simao
Mastrorio                 Simao

Daily Collegian Previews Weekend XC Competition

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The women's cross country squad is heading to Warwick, R.I. this weekend for the Rothenberg race slated to start at 3:40 pm on Friday, while the men head to Fayetteville, Ark. for the Chili Pepper Festival at 9:45 am on Saturday.

"After both competing in the same place at last week's New England Championships, the Massachusetts men's and women's cross country teams are traveling to two very different locations for meets this time around" writes Ben Lambert.

Collegian Recaps Cross Country's New England Champs.

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Ben Lambert of the Daily Collegian had a nice story today about UMass Cross Country's performance at last weekend's New England Championships. The men finished 30th overall while the women placed 11th.

The Minutewomen will be back in action to compete in the Rothenberg Race next weekend in Warwick, R.I. while the Minutemen will head to the University of Arkansas for the Chili Pepper Festival.

Happy Birthday - Oct. 1: Jamie Richmond

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Wishing Happy Birthday to runner Jamie Richmond on Oct. 1.
Jamie Richmond

Preview Of Women's Cross Country Season Opener

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The women's cross country team will open the 2010 season this weekend, running at the Boston College Invitational with Rhode Island, Boston University, New Hampshire, and the host Eagles.

Check out Ben Lambert's preview of the meet in today's Daily Collegian.

Happy Birthday - Sept. 2: Jessica Byron, Jesse Julmiste

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Celebrating birthdays on Sept. 2 are Jessica Byron of the cross country team and Jesse Julmiste of the football team.

Jessica Byron      Jesse Julmiste
In this column from the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Patch, former UMass cross country/track runner and Scotch Plains-Fanwood native, Walter J. Biner, writes about his experiences serving in Afghanistan with the United States Army. In this first installment, Biner introduces himself and provides background on his deployment. Definitely an interesting read!

Happy Birthday - Aug. 8: Jason Ayr, Kelly Collins

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Happy Birthday on Aug. 8 to UMass' Jason Ayr (cross country), and Kelly Collins (swimming & diving). 

                       Jason Ayr                      Kelly Collins

Happy Birthday - Aug. 7: Ryan Carter (football), Nicole Cordero (field hockey), Emily Pipes (cross country), Andrew Willbrant (swimming).

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Happy Birthday - July 21: Shiyi Zan

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY - JULY 21
Shiyi Zan (Cross Country/Track & Field)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY - JULY 20:
Danielle Allocco (Cross Country),
Em Chiu (Crew)
Jeromy Miles (Football)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY - JULY 19:
Danielle McNiff (Cross Country), Darius Velez (Track & Field)

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY - July 16:
Patrick Holmes (Soccer),
Tyler Major (Football),
Molly Papish (Swimming - pictured),
Lauren Stocker (Cross Country)


Happy Birthday - July 6: Sean Duncan

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY - July 6
Sean Duncan (Cross Country/Track & Field)

Happy Birthday - July 5: Emily Cota, Karen Roa

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY - July 5
Emily Cota (Soccer), Karen Roa (Cross Country)

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