Men's XC Wraps Up `13 Season With Ninth Place Finish At IC4A's
Nov. 24, 2013
BRONX, N.Y. - On Saturday afternoon some of the less battle-tested harriers competed in the IC4A Championship for a chance to impress their coach and add excitement for the 2014 season. The UMass squad finished ninth overall in a field of 20 teams in Bronx, N.Y. This year's team was certainly a young group however many of the young runners progressed nicely throughout the 2013 campaign under the training of Coach O'Brien.
The top five for the Minutemen finished in the top half of the 186 man race with Richard Racz leading the way as the only UMass runner to finish in the top 20. Racz placed 18th overall, completing the five-mile course in 26-minutes, 29.5-seconds. He was followed in 23rd place by the freshman John Burns. Burns finished in 26-minutes, 35.8-seconds.
Quentin Stipp was the next to cross the finish line for the Minutemen, clocking in at 26-minutes, 57.3-seconds. The sophomore was the 49th runner to cross the finish overall. Next in line were Jake LeBlanc in 76th place and Paolo Tavares in 80th. LaBlanc finished the course in 27-minutes, 25.8-seconds while Tavares was just a few seconds behind at 27-minutes, 29.8-seconds.
Sam Burke was the sixth UMass runner to cross the line in 104th place with a time of 27-minutes, 52.7-seconds. Freshman Owen Wiggins was the seventh man to cross at 28-minutes, 27.9-seconds in 127th place. Also seeing action for the Minutemen were freshmen Eric Gironda and Jacob Holscher.
The success of the youthful runners already has the team excited for the future, as the team will have a significantly large core of juniors and sophomores next season and will be led by two-time All-Conference runner Antony Taylor and Pat McGowan. The 2013 squad already impressed those among the conference with its fourth place finish in the Atlantic 10 Championship as one of the youngest teams in the conference. Coach O'Brien will look to bring in another talented freshman class next year in order to bolster what will be a strong experienced squad and give the team the boost it needs to repeat as one of the top team in the conference.