Men's Cross Country Runs With The Country's Best In Wisconsin
Oct. 20, 2013
MADISON, Wis. - On Saturday afternoon the Minutemen ran in Madison, Wis. as they competed in one of the nation's most difficult meets of the season. The Wisconsin adidas Invitational included 16 nationally ranked teams and many teams on the cusp of breaking into the top 30 ranked teams in the country. UMass finished 35th overall and ran well together in their final meet prior to the Atlantic 10 Championship. Coach O'Brien's Minutemen found themselves in a course filled with 287 total competitors.
Once again it was Antony Taylor who led the way for the Minutemen. Taylor completed the race in 25-minutes, 15-seconds, a time good enough for 210th overall. He was then followed by a pair of sophomores finishing neck-a-neck at 226th place and 227th. Ben Groleau and Benjamin Thomas placed second and third respectfully for the Minutemen. Groleau was just a second ahead of Thomas at 25-minutes, 36-seconds with Thomas finishing at 25-minutes, 37-seconds.
Placing fourth and fifth for the Minutemen and also coming in side-by-side was Daniel Sheldon and Blake Croteau. Croteau trailed Sheldon as the sophomore placed 234th overall while Croteau placed 235th. Sheldon crossed the finish line in 25-minutes, 47-seconds with Croteau completing the task in 25-minutes, 55-seconds.
Completing the top seven was Quentin Stipp and Richard Racz who also finished the course together. Stipp recorded a time of 26-minutes, 3-seconds for a 238th place finish. In 239th place it was Racz completing the course in 26-minutes, 13-seconds.
The Minutemen will have a week of practice and rest before they head to Richmond, Va. for the 2013 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship on November 2.
Top Five Finishers Overall
Massachusetts Top Seven