UMass Cross Country Teams Gear Up For Historic Paul Short Invitational
Sept. 21, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - The men's and women's cross country teams will return to action next Friday, Sept. 28, when they head to Lehigh University for the Paul Short Invitational. Approximately 50 teams will be competing Saturday in Bethlehem, Pa., and this will be the 33rd year Lehigh has hosted the Invitational which is considered one of the largest early season races in the country. Both the men's and women's teams will be looking to improve their finishes from the last time they attended the Invitational in 2005.
The men's team will be looking to junior Jesse Regnier (Hampden, Mass.) to lead the way on Saturday. After having the week off last week, Regnier will return to competition after a seventh-place finish in the Dartmouth Invitational. The Minutemen were lead by sophomore Andrew McCann (Fayetteville, N.Y.) at Dartmouth as he finished just ahead of Regnier placing fifth overall. The men took home a second place team finish at Dartmouth and are coming off of a first-place finish last weekend at home in a five-way meet.
UMass will look to remain near the top this weekend, but will need some help from younger runners to help fill the void of missing top finishers. With the absence of Nils Fischer (Stow, Mass.) this year, UMass' top finisher at the Paul Short in 2005, underclassmen will play a vital role this weekend. Runners such as A-10 Co-Rookie of the Week Jeff Hill (Blackstone, Mass.), who finished in second-place at home last weekend in his first collegiate race, freshman Patrick McAllister (Framingham, Mass.) who is coming off of a fourth-place finish in his first meet, along with sophomores Jon Pierce (Hanover, Mass.) and Daniel Barry (Sheffield, Mass.) who both notched top five finishes in their races, will have a chance to lead the Minutemen this weekend.
In 2005 the Minutemen took home a 34th place finish at the Invitational. Fischer, along with Ryan Corbett and Sean Corbett were among UMass' top finishers in that race, none of who are currently on the roster.
The women's team is also returning only one top runner from 2005 for this year's Invitational and that is team captain Christina Derosa (South Beach, N.Y.). DeRosa finished 75th overall and first for the Minutewomen in the 2005 outing where they placed 38th as a team.
The Minutewomen will be looking to redshirt freshmen Shiyi Zan (Ottawa, Ontario), senior Amber Sayer (Amherst, Mass.), and freshman Lauren Stocker (Westfield, Mass.) this weekend to join DeRosa in the top pack.
Zan has been the No. 2 UMass runner in each of the first two races this season and has a pair of top-10 individual finishes in her first two collegiate races. For her efforts last week in a tri-meet against Maine and Vermont, Zan was named the A-10 Co-Rookie of the Week. Sayer also been consistent this year as UMass' No. 3 runner in both meets, while Stocker has impressed in her first season as the team's No. 4 runner in each of her races.
DeRosa placed first for the Minutewomen and 75th overall with a time of 22:02.9 in her last Paul Short Invitational appearance. In all she has been UMass' No. 1 runner in each of her collegiate races - a streak that stands at 23 heading into the weekend.
The men's race will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday and the women at 2:45 p.m. being followed by a collegiate award ceremony and high school races.
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