Men's Cross Country Ventures To Tracktown For Dellinger Invitational
Sept. 27, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - After coming out on top from the comforts of their own home in the first two weeks of the season, Coach O'Brien and company make their first west coast trip in program history to Springfield, Oregon for the Bill Dellinger Invitational.
The race will feature the men's strongest runners including two freshmen. The Minutemen are led by their lone senior John O'Shea, who was a key factor in the team's one-point victory over Maine in the opening meet of the year. O'Shea placed third overall with a time of 18:32.26, breaking up Maine's top three runners and solidifying the victory for the Minutemen. Last week, the hero was Antony Taylor who placed 1-of-65 overall with a time of 24:20.90. Taylor is one of the four juniors that make up the strong nucleus of upperclassmen that lead the way for this young UMass squad week-to-week.
In honor of the University of Oregon's legendary student-athlete and head coach, Saturday's meet is named after the great Bill Dellinger. Following his years as an athlete at Oregon and as an Olympian, Dellinger began his coaching career at Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon. Joining the University of Oregon cross country coaching staff in 1967 as an assistant, Dellinger continued to build his legacy when he became head coach of the cross country team in 1969 and soon became the head track and field coach for the Ducks in 1973. Dellinger would go on to take four NCAA Cross Country Championships, five runner-up and four third-place honors for the Ducks until he retired in 1998.
The Minutemen will race alongside Oregon, BYU, UCal Riverside, Gonzaga, Idaho, Sacramento State, Seattle University, Southern Utah and the University of Washington in their biggest race of the year and one of the biggest races in program history. Get juniors Antony Taylor and Patrick McGowan's take on the year so far and their historic journey to Oregon in this week's interview.