Freshman Benjamin Groleau finished first for the Minutemen and 47th overall out of 261 total runners in the New England Championships.
After a tough run by John O'Shea, UMass shows great group running finishing five through eleven to hold off Maine in close victory.
The Minutemen will travel to Charlotte, N.C. for the 2011 Atlantic 10 Championships this weekend.
As a freshman in 2011: Cross Country: Ran in three meets ... In the IC4A Championships (11/19) posted best team finish of the year coming in ninth on the team and crossing the line in 28:36 ... Finished 15th on the team in the Bryant Invitational (9/10) coming in at 17:30.73.
Before UMass: Won 11 letters as a cross country and track and field athlete at East Longmeadow High School under coach Ryan Corbett ... Holds school records in the one mile, two mile, and 4x800 meter relay ... Placed sixth at the Western Massachusetts Cross Country Championships as a junior, and 11th as a senior.
Personal: Zachary P. Florence ... Born October 16, 1992 in Springfield, Mass. ... Son of David and Kathy ... Brother to Dave ... Plans to major in Resource Economics and Kinesiology.