Men's XC Steals Seventh At Franklin Park
Oct. 8, 2011
BOSTON, Mass. - A trip to the state's capital was just the string of luck required for Ken O'Brien's squad, as the UMass men's cross country team placed a solid seventh place in a field of 39 teams at the New England Championships on Saturday. The trip to Franklin Park was one that featured 282 harriers, including some of the Northeast's most talented teams. With 264 points, the Minutemen were outperformed by only six opponents, as rival UConn took home first place.
Leading UMass for the third consecutive meet was graduate student Sean Duncan. The Gardner, Mass. native placed an impressive 12th overall by crossing the line at 25:10, while maintaining a 5:07 pace per mile. Behind Duncan was week one leader for the Minutemen, sophomore Antony Taylor. Posting a mark of 25:33 in the men's varsity competition, the Arlington, Mass. native took home 30th overall.
Sophomore support carried the latter part of UMass' top five finishers, with Patrick McGowan and Jared Reddy coming in third and fourth on the team respectively with times of 25:44 and 26:14. The duo captured 37th and 72nd in the field of 282 competitors.
Rounding out the quintet from Amherst, Mass. was senior Andrew Erwin, who posted his second top five team finish of the season and first since the Bryant University Invite (9/10). The Mansfield, Mass. native crossed the line at 26:44 while taking home 113th overall.
The Minutemen hit the course once again on October 29th for the highly anticipated A-10 Conference Championships in Charlotte, N.C.
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