The Minutemen finished 10th of 34 teams with the help of strong performances by upperclassmen.
The Minutemen will bring their top seven down to Madison, Conn. for the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships on Friday afternoon at 1:15 p.m.
UMass' balance of experienced upperclassmen and strong eager freshman will make for an exciting A-10 Championships.
With A-10 Championships around the corner the men's cross country team will compete in the Rothenberg Race as their last meet prior to the championships.
Freshman Benjamin Groleau finished first for the Minutemen and 47th overall out of 261 total runners in the New England Championships.
As a junior in 2012: Finished first for the Minutemen and 27th overall in Tracktown with a time of 24:36 at the Dellinger invitational (9/29) ... Made his season debut at the Minuteman Invitational and placed second for UMass and fourth overall crossing the finish line at 24:27.16 (9/15).
As a sophomore in 2011: Named to the All-Atlantic 10 Cross Country Team with a 12th place finish in the A-10 tournament ... Competed in seven meets ... Placed second on the team at the IC4A Championships (11/19) with a time of 25:41, good enough for 23rd overall ... Finished fourth on the team at the NCAA Regional Championships (11/12) crossing the finish line in 34:14.9 ... Had a second place finish for the team and was 12th overall at the A-10 Championships (10/29) with a time of 24:54.3 ... Finished third on the team at the New England Championships (10/8) with a time of 25:44 ... Placed third on the team at the Paul Short Invite (9/30) crossing the finish line with a time of 25:53 ... Finished fourth on the team and 11th overall at the Minuteman Invite (9/17) with a time of 22:55.68 ... Placed eighth on the team at the Bryant Invite 5K (9/10) crossing the finish line at 16:33.65.
As a freshman in 2010: Competed in four meets ... At the IC4A Championships (11/20), placed second on the team and 60th overall with a time of 26:13.4 ... Placed fifth on the team while posting a personal season best time of 25:51, good enough for 189th overall ... Finishing in 26:59, placed 28th on the team ...
Before UMass: Competed for Mansfield High School under coach Julie Collins ... Helped Hornets to a state title in cross country as a junior ... Was the Hockomock League, Eastern Mass. Division II and state cross country individual champion as a senior ... Part of the indoor track state championship team as a senior, finishing as the runner-up in the 1000m at the 2010 indoor state meet (2:31.81) ... During the outdoor season, won the two-mile at the Division I State Meet and was seventh in the 3,200 meters (9:11.28) at the New England Championship ... Named the Gatorade Massachusetts Runner of the Year and Boston Globe Runner of the Year in 2010 ... Earned All-Star recognition from the Sun Chronicle and Boston Globe in 2009 ... Set school records in the mile both indoors (4:21.73) and outdoors (4:18.51).
Personal: Born Patrick James McGowan on Mar. 26, 1992 in Boston, Mass. ... Son of Kevin and Kathleen McGowan ... Brother of Kaitlyn and Michael ... Majoring in Business.
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