Taylor Continues To Thrive For Men's XC
Oct. 5, 2013
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The young UMass men's cross country once again displayed why they are the team to watch in years to come with four of the scoring top five being freshmen and sophomores. The Minutemen ran well together, finishing 23rd overall in a field of 47 teams, snagging 686 points at the annually difficult and competitive Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa.
Antony Taylor for the second straight week ran ahead of the pack, placing 75th overall at a 5-minute, 4-second mile pace in a course filled with 397 runners. Taylor crossed the finish line at 23-minutes, 13-seconds, just 29-seconds ahead of last week's A-10 Rookie of the Week Blake Croteau. The Westfield, Mass. native was at the front of three Minutemen running well together. Croteau placed 128th, finishing the course in 25-minutes, 37-seconds for a 5-minute, 10-second average mile.
Benjamin Thomas immediately followed Croteau in 129th place with a time of 25-minutes, 38-seconds. Behind Thomas was fellow sophomore Daniel Sheldon averaging a 5-minute, 12-second mile, clocking in at 25-minutes, 48-seconds for a 156th place finish. Completing the scoring five was Benjamin Groleau in 198th place. The sophomore came in at the 26-minute, 7-second mark averaging a 5-minute, 16-second mile.
Next on the slate for UMass is the New England Championship back at Franklin Park in Boston. The championship race is scheduled to commence at 11:00 A.M. on October 12.
Top Five Finishers
Massachusetts Top Five
75. Antony Taylor - 25:08 - 5:04
128. Blake Croteau - 25:37 - 5:10
129. Benjamin Thomas - 25:38 - 5:10
156. Daniel Sheldon - 25:48 - 5:12
198. Benjamin Groleau - 26:07 - 5:16