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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.

Over the weekend, John Connolly featured some of UMass men's track and field's talent from the Commonwealth:

There is certainly a homegrown flavor to the UMass men's track and field team as it heads into this weekend's Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Amherst. That comes as no surprise, considering there are more than 40 Bay State products dotting the Minutemen roster.

Longtime coach Ken O'Brien, a Foxboro native, who arrived as a student in 1959 and became coach in 1968, likes it that way.

"I didn't count them but I know there's a lot of them,'' said O'Brien with a laugh. "We've had a couple of good recruiting years, but, you know, Massachusetts has always had good cross country and track and field and I think that it's exploded since the Reggie Lewis Track was built and we've been one of the benefactors. I'm a Massachusetts guy myself that came out here and got involved in coaching. But the Massachusetts high school kids have always had some grit to them and good skills and academics and they take a real interest in the state university.''

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Arthur Hayden of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the women's track and field team taking third place at the New England Championships over the weekend highlighted by several standout individual performances. The article also recaps the performance by the men's team.

Collegian Feature: Journey Of Jumps For Koncki

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Checkout this feature written by the Daily Collegian's Jeffrey Okerman on Zachary Koncki's school record breaking performance in the indoor long jump.

"I didn't know how to land, I didn't know how to do a run-through properly, I didn't know how to do a penultimate, the short step to get more height off the board. [With] the coaching here, I don't know if I would have learned all that somewhere else, but Jackson and [coach Ken O'Brien] helped me a great deal," says Koncki of his coaches.

Koncki now holds both the indoor and outdoor long jump records at UMass.

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!

Daily Collegian: Track Running Strong

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Matt Strong of The Daily Collegian has a recap of last weekend's track and field meet, and previews this weekend's UMass Invitational.

"The Minutemen will look to pick up where they left off last weekend, building on a first-place finish at the Yellow Jacket Invitational."


UMass Winter Scholar-Athlete Luncheon - Cerie Mosgrove, Sean Busch. Speeches by Female honoree Cerie Mosgrove (women's basketball), Associate Head Coach Steve Lanpher, Professor Glenn Wong and Track & Field Coach Ken O'Brien. Busch was unable to attend.

Republican Notebook: O'Brien's Magic

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Checkout this notebook blurb about the men's track and field team from over the weekend. Dick Baker from The Springfield Republican highlights the career of Ken O'Brien, and the success of his squad through the 2011 season.


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Over the weekend the Minutemen crowned four A-10 Champions.

Collegian: Track Athletes Excel At Giegengack Invite

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Checkout Scott Cournoyer's recap of the Giegengack Invitational. The Daily Collegian recaps the two-day event in which both the men and women had a series of strong performances.


"Overall, I was very pleased with the way our team performed, we had some more guys qualify for New England and IC4A events and that's important when thinking about going even further, said coach Ken O'Brien."

UMass Track & Field Season Preview In Boston Herald

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With the indoor track & field season opening up this weekend for the Minutemen and Minutewomen, the Boston Herald has a nice preview of both UMass teams.

Like the United States Postal Service, the UMass indoor track and field team delivers on time, no matter what the weather is.

Wednesday's mammoth nor'easter hardly was a hurdle for the Minutemen as they prepared for this weekend's season-opening Sorlien Memorial Invitational in Kingston, R.I.

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