Men's Cross Country's Youth On Display In New England Championships
Oct. 7, 2012
WESTFIELD, Mass. - The Minutemen rested some of their top runners this week giving the team's younger runners a chance to prove themselves in the spotlight of the New England Championships. Four freshmen for UMass assisted in a 19-of-37 finish for the team with Benjamin Groleau leading the way for the first time in his young collegiate career. Dartmouth won the championship with Boston College not far behind them.
With senior John O'Shea and juniors Antony Taylor and Patrick McGowan sitting out this week, the underclassmen were presented with an opportunity to lead the charge and make an impact in the team scoring. Groleau finished the 8k race first for the Minutemen averaging 3:10.30 a kilometer for an overall time of 25:22.39. The freshman out of Framingham, Mass. placed in the top quarter of runners crossing the finish line at 47th out of a total 261 runners.
Placing second for UMass was their only upperclassman in the race, Jared Reddy. Reddy placed 93rd overall with a time of 25:52.71. Coming in third was another freshman, Quentin Stipp who crossed the finish line at 26:00.29. Crossing the finish line after Stipp was a pair of sophomores in Zachary Florence and Richard Racz. Florence finished fourth for UMass at 26:10.57 while Racz was just five seconds behind him at 26:15.08. Finishing the race for UMass was a pair of freshman with Miles Hodge placing sixth for UMass with a time of 26:30.24 and not far behind Hodge was Negus at 27:10.21.
New England Championships Top Five
1. Mike Biwott, Fr. - 23:56.16 (AIC)