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.
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.
Antony Taylor did not shy away from the spotlight as he performed well enough to qualify himself for All-Conference.
As a freshman in 2012: Placed first for UMass for the first time in his collegiate career at the IC4A Championships finishing 21st overall at 26:48.6 (11/17) ... Finished the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships with a time of 32:36.6, placing fifth for the Minutewomen (11/9) ... Placed fifth for UMass and 76th overall at 27:28.5 in the Atlantic 10 Championships (10/27) ... Raced in the Brown Invitational finishing fourth for the Minutemen and 10th overall with a time of 25:58.0 (10/19) ... Crossed the finish line at 26:28 and placed eighth for UMass in the Dellinger Invitational (9/29) ... Finished ninth on the team and 23rd overall in the Minuteman Invitational with a time of 25:19.81 (9/15) ... Finished the UMass Invitational with a time of 18:54.6 and placed fifth for the Minutemen and eighth overall in his collegiate debut (9/8).
Before UMass: Ran varsity cross country three years and varsity track all four years of high school for Coach Wayton ... One of West Windsor Plainsboro - South - High Schools leading performers on the cross country team that finished fourth place in the New Jersey State Meet ... Concluded a senior indoor season with consistent performances in the 3200 of third place in Sectionals, fourth place in the Group Meet and 11th place in The NJ Meet of Champions ... His 9:21.09 and 4:19.71 indicates his readiness for College Distance Running ... County Champion as a junior and senior ... Sectional Champion as a junior ... Assisted his team in two undefeated seasons, two county championships and two sectional championships.
Personal: Daniel Nathan Sheldon ... Born July 7, 1994 in New York City ... Son of Annette Sheldon ... Brother of Benjamin and Shira ... Majoring in Mechanical Engineering.