UMass claims the top spot over Stonehill College, UConn, Amherst College and Keene State with 39 points in Saturday's home meet.
If UMass finishes in the top two as a team, the Minutemen would automatically qualify for the National Meet.
Sean Duncan and Patrick McGowan earned All-Conference nods on Saturday.
The Minutemen will travel to Charlotte, N.C. for the 2011 Atlantic 10 Championships this weekend.
As a sophomore in 2012: Finished the Brown Invitational with a time of 26:40.9 placing eighth on the team and 26th overall (10/19) ... Finished ninth for UMass in the Dellinger Invitational crossing the finish line at 26:40 (9/29) ... Finished fourth and 14th overall in the Minuteman Invitational, crossing the finish line at 24:58.40 (9/15) ... Finished the UMass Invitational seventh for UMass and 10th overall with a time of 19:15.14 (9/8).
As a freshman in 2011: Competed in five meets ... Ran in the A-10 Championships (10/29) finishing ninth on the team with a time of 26:36.2 ... Came in fifth on the team at the Paul Short Invitational (9/30) coming in with a time of 26:42 ... Had best team finish of the year coming in forth at the Bryant Invitational (9/10) crossing the finish line at 16:08.55.
Before UMass: A 2011 graduate of Lowell High School ... Was a four year letter winner under Coach Maia ... Was the top cross country harrier for the Red Raiders as a junior and senior, and second best as a sophomore ... Runner up in the mile at the Massachusetts All-State Championships as a senior ... Holds school records on the home cross country course (14:01), in the 4x800 meter relay (7:57), 4x400 meter relay (3:24), distance medley relay, and 4xmile run ... Named Most Improved Athlete for outdoor as a sophomore ... Tabbed cross country MVP as a junior and senior ... Was the league's Runner of the Year as a senior ... Also wrestled for the Red Raiders.
Personal: Michael Angelo Giardina ... Born September 15, 1991 in Lowell, Mass. ... Son to Michael Giardina and Freda Ryder ... Brother to Emma and Jackson ... Major is undeclared.
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