Men's Cross Country Will Look To Qualify For Nationals In Friday's Regional Tournament
Nov. 8, 2012
MADISON, Conn. - UMass men's cross country will be traveling to Madison Conn. to compete against the best of the northeast in the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships with hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament next week. The regional championship will commence Friday at 1:15 p.m.
In the A-10 Championships the UMass' overall performance was highlighted by Antony Taylor and John O'Shea. The upperclassmen both placed in the top 20 overall in the conference while Taylor qualified for All-Conference. Taylor crossed the finish line at 26:05.9 and led the way for the Minutemen and placed 11th overall. Shortly following the junior was senior O'Shea with a time of 26:24.0 and finished 20th overall.
The two will likely be joined by junior Patrick McGowan in the top three tomorrow as he has been one of the team's top runners in the meets he has competed in. McGowan's best time of the season came in his season debut in the Minuteman Invitational when he finished the10k at 24:27.16 and finished second on the team and fourth overall.
Competing this weekend for a top three spot will be Jared Reddy and Richard Racz. Racz finished third for UMass with a time of 26:58.1 while Reddy took fourth at 27:24.3 in the A-10 Championships. Reddy has finished top four in three of the five meets he has competed in this season while Racz has finished top three in two of the four in which he has competed.
Coach O'Brien will also be bringing two of his top freshmen on the trip this weekend. One of which is Daniel Sheldon who has had three top five finishes for UMass in his freshman campaign with his best race coming in the UMass Invite when he crossed the finish line at 18:54.60. Sheldon also finished fifth for the Minutemen in the A-10 Championships with a time of 27:28.5. The other freshman competing this week is Ben Groleau. Groleau has contributed two top three finishes this season with one first place finish for UMass in the New England Championships and placed 47th overall. It was at New Englands where Groleau also posted his best time in his collegiate career, 25:22.39.