Runner-Up Showing For Men's XC At A-10 Championships
Oct. 31, 2009
ST.LOUIS, Mo. - Under adverse muddy and wet conditions, the UMass men's cross country team was able to come away with an impressive second place finish at the Atlantic 10 Championships this Saturday. The Minutemen were able to stave off 12 of 13 teams they ran against, finishing with 67 points. Head coach Ken O'Brien was quite content with his team's effort, "This was a low scoring meet for us and I thought it was a second place finish we all can be proud of."
Leading the Minutemen was Kevin Johnson who finished in seventh place overall out of 141 runners with a time of 26:57.8. Andrew McCann and Zachary Gordon were able to capture 10th and 14th respectively with times of 27:06.3 and 27:13.8.
David Johnson and Sean Duncan rounded out the top five for the Minutemen finishing in 17th and 19th with times of 27:18.3 and 27:22.7 respectively. Senior Jonathan Pierce and junior Daniel Barry also helped UMass hold off third-place Dayton, who finished with 70 points, just three behind the Minutemen. Pierce and Barry were 22nd and 31st, respectively, with times of 27:29.0 and 27:56.4.
"Every kid that competed today ran a gutsy race in extremely difficult muddy conditions. Placing five guys in the top-19 is a great showing," said head coach Ken O'Brien. "In particular, I thought the performances for Andrew McCann, Zach Gordon and
Sean Duncan were outstanding for us. The pressure was on them and they really
came through for the team."
As part of the top-15 finishers in the meet, Kevin Johnson, McCann, and Gordon took home Atlantic 10 All-Conference accolades. This is the second time McCann has earned the honor (as a sophomore in 2007), and first for Johnson and Gordon. David Johnson narrowly missed all-conference recognition, finishing less than one second out of 15th.
The Minutemen will get well deserved time off as they will be idle next weekend. The team will be back in action on Nov. 14 when the squad will travel to Boston, Mass., for the NCAA Regional Qualifier.