Croteau Thrives In Collegiate Debut, Leads UMass To Third Place Finish
Sept. 14, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - On Saturday morning the Minutemen opened up the 2013 campaign at Totman Field fought their way to a third place finish in a close race with UConn and Maine. UMass underclassmen consumed the top seven spots on the team to tally 70 points, just one point shy of Maine at 69 and seven points shy of UConn at 63.
Blake Croteau led the way for the Minutemen placing seventh overall, completing the 6,200 meter course in 19-minutes, 33.85-seconds. Five sophomores then followed the freshman out of Westfield, Massachusetts. Daniel Sheldon and Benjamin Thomas placed 10th and 11th respectively, finishing less than a second apart. Sheldon clocked in at 19-minutes, 37.94-seconds with Thomas just behind at 19-minutes, 38.81-seconds.
Placing 20th overall was Miles Hodge, completing the course in 19-minutes, 54.92-seconds. Quentin Stipp trailed Hodge crossing the finish in 19-minutes, 59.36-seconds for a 22nd place finish overall and a fifth place finish for UMass.
Rounding out the top seven for UMass was Jacob LeBlanc and Morgan Marlow. LeBlanc, a sophomore, placed 31st overall with the freshman, Marlow just behind him in 32nd. LeBlanc crossed the finish at 20-minutes, 13.49-seconds, Morgan was less than a second later at 20-minutes, 13.49-seconds.
Coach O'Brien and the Minutemen knew going into the season it would be a young team working together to build a program for the future. After a strong performance from the underclassmen Saturday, fans were able to get a glimpse of how bright the future could be.
The next meet will be September 27 in Boston as UMass will compete in the Boston College Invite for a 4:15 P.M. start. There the team will face the reigning NCAA Champion #7 Wisconsin, as well as national powerhouses #12 Oregon, Cornell, Syracuse and many more.
--Top Five Finishers--
--Massachusetts Top Seven--