Men's Cross Country

Antony Taylor Leads The Way To Victory In Minuteman Invitational

Antony Taylor finished first overall for the Minutemen with a time of 24:20.90.

Antony Taylor finished first overall for the Minutemen with a time of 24:20.90.

Sept. 16, 2012

AMHERST, Mass. - It was Antony Taylor that had the best race in the Minuteman Invitational, finishing the course in 24:20.90. Taylor paved the way for the rest of UMass and led them to their second first place finish overall of the 2012 season. UMass would place one, four and five to solidify a victory with 39 points while Stonehill College came in second as a team, due to great pack running in order to place nine through 13, with their lead man coming in third. Stonehill finished the day with 45 total points.

The closest to the sophomore Antony Taylor at the front of the pack was UConn's Ryan McGuire who came in at 24:24 37. Rounding off the top three of the meet was Ethan Penny who placed first for Stonehill College and had a time of 24:26.42. Two experienced Minutemen took the four and five spots to reign in the victory, those being junior Patrick McGowan and senior John O'Shea. The two finished just two seconds apart, McGowan coming in at 24:27.16 and O'Shea with a time of 24:29.38. After McGowan and O'Shea finished there wouldn't be another Minuteman to cross the finish line until the 24:58.40 mark when Michael Giardina placed 14th overall and fourth for the team. Giardina had Paul Merriman right behind him, finishing the UMass course in 25:00.21.

Next week the Minutemen will travel to Eugene, Oregon for the Dellinger Invitational on September 29. The Minutemen will look to finish September perfect after placing first overall in week one in a slight victory over Maine and claiming the top spot again tonight over Stonehill College, UConn, Amherst College and Keene State.

Top Five Overall
1. Antony Taylor (24:20.90) - UMass Amherst
2. Ryan McGuire (24:24.37) - UConn
3. Ethan Penny (24:26.42) - Stonehill College
4. Patrick McGowan (24:27.16) - UMass Amherst
5. John O'Shea (24:29.38) - UMass Amherst



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