A league-record 1,637 student-athletes recognized for achieving 3.5 GPA's or higher.
The men were led by Daniel Sheldon and finished eight of 16 in the IC4A Championships on Saturday afternoon in Bronx, N.Y.
Antony Taylor did not shy away from the spotlight as he performed well enough to qualify himself for All-Conference.
The men rested their top three runners but still managed to finish second overall ahead of Dartmouth and Boston College.
Head Coach Ken O'Brien, Assistant Coaches David Jackson and Darcy Wilson had perhaps the busiest summer of all and have brought in 26 freshman this season between both track and field and cross country.
As a freshman in 2012: Finished seventh on the team with a time of 27:42.7 in the Atlantic 10 Championships (10/27) ... Crossed the finish line with a time of 26:05.9 and earned fifth place for UMass and 14th overall in the Brown Invitational (10/19) ... Raced in the Dellinger Invitational and earned sixth place for the Minutemen with a time of 26:11 (9/29) ... Placed eighth on the team and 22nd overall with a time of 25:17.09 in the Minuteman Invitational (9/15) ... Finished his collegiate debut with a time of 19:02.85 earned sixth place on the team and ninth overall in the UMass Invitational (9/8).
Before UMass: Ben was a key performer for the Fayetteville - Manlius High School cross country team that won the NY Sate Championship during his senior year ... He brings Championship Meet experience gained as a member of one of New York's most successful programs not only at the State Championship level, but also while competing at the Nike Team Cross Country Nationals during his final two seasons in High School ... His training, as well as consistent performances over events ranging from 800 -3200 meters indicates potential for success in the longer events as a collegian.
Personal: Benjamin Thomas ... Son of Michael and Wendy Thomas ... Majoring in Biology.
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