The men were led by Daniel Sheldon and finished eight of 16 in the IC4A Championships on Saturday afternoon in Bronx, N.Y.
Coach O'Brien will finish the 2012 season bringing 11 of his younger athletes to the IC4A Championships on Saturday, November 17.
Antony Taylor did not shy away from the spotlight as he performed well enough to qualify himself for All-Conference.
UMass' balance of experienced upperclassmen and strong eager freshman will make for an exciting A-10 Championships.
Experience was the difference for UMass in the first west coast trip in program history as four juniors and one senior made up the top five for the Minutemen.
As a junior in 2012: Crossed the finish line at 27:50.1 at the IC4A Championships, placing seventh for the Minutewomen (11/17) ... Placed sixth on the team and 80th overall in the Atlantic 10 Championships with a time of 27:38.9 (10/27) ... Finished fourth on the team and 54th overall in the Dellinger Invitational with a time of 25:40 (9/29) ... Placed fifth for UMass and 15th overall in the Minuteman Invitational crossing the finish line at 25:00.21 (9/15) ... Finished third for UMass in the season opener and sixth overall with a time of 18:37.87 in the UMass Invitational (9/8).
As a sophomore in 2011: Competed in five meets ... Placed sixth on the team at the IC4A Championships (11/19) crossing the finish line at 27:07 ... Finished sixth on the team at theA-10 Championships (10/29) with a time of 26:07.4 ... Had an eighth place finish for the team at the Paul Short Invite (9/30) finishing with a time of 27:11 ... Finished seventh for the team and 24th overall at the Minuteman Invite (9/17) crossing the finish line at 23:30.52 ... Placed 10th for the team at the Bryant Invite 5K (9/10) crossing the finish line with a time of 16:49.16.
As a freshman in 2010: Competed in three meets ... Had two, top five team finishes ... At the IC4A Championships (11/20), placed fifth on the squad and 137th overall in 27:26.7 ... Placed third on the team and 186th overall with a personal season best time of 26:57 at the New England Championships (10/9) ... Crossing the line at 27:17, placing 33rd overall and ninth on the team at the annual Home Meet (9/18).
Before UMass: Four-year letterwinner for Fayetteville-Manlius High School under coach Bill Aris ... Helped Hornets to four league cross country titles, two regional and sectional titles (2008, 2009) and a state championship in 2009 ... Part of cross country team that took ninth at nationals in 2009 ... Earned all-state honors in 2008 and 2009 ... Named all-league in 2007 ... In track & field, ran the 800 (1:56), 1600 (4:22) and 3200 (9:38) ... Also played basketball and baseball.
Personal: Born Paul Gordon Merriman on Dec. 8, 1991 in Syracuse, N.Y. ... Son of Michael and Leigh ... Brother of Emily ... Majoring in Business.