Men's cross country finishes first at UMass Invite
Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2013 23:09
The UConn men’s cross country team opened the 2013 campaign with a victory Saturday in the UMass Invitational.
The first meet of the year saw five Huskies place in the top 20, including freshman Michael O’Donnell who finished second overall to the University of Maine’s Kelton Cullenberg with a time of 19:22.9.
UConn’s David Cotton, Edward Wilson, and Stephen Vento finished 13th, 14th and 15th respectively for with times of 19:43.2, 19:43.2, and 19:47.2. Paul Holden was the final Husky to finish in the top 20, coming in at 19th with a time of 19:52.0.
The next runner for the Huskies was Alex Levine, coming in 27th with a time of 20:07.4, followed by John Hansell, Wyatt Million and Mitchel Brown.
In a meet with 65 total competitors, no UConn runner placed lower than 46th, and the team took home 1st place with a total of 63 points.
The University of Maine finished second to UConn with 69 points, followed by UMass Amherst with 70, Boston College with 85, Vermont with 90, and Amherst College with 100.
UConn finished the 6200 meter course with an average time of 19:41.74, edging out Maine by 0.72 seconds.
This was a strong showing for a young Husky squad, as the team was paced by O’Donnell in his first collegiate race of his career.
UConn will look to continue this momentum into their next meet when they will compete in the Ted Owens Invitational in New Britain, Conn. on Saturday, September 21 at 11:30 a.m.