UMass men’s and women’s cross-country happen to be Boston

UMass men’s and women’s cross-country happen to be Boston

Minutemen turn to build on stellar first meet performance


(Judith Gibson-Okunieff/ Daily Collegian)

(Judith Gibson-Okunieff/ Daily Collegian)

(Judith Gibson-Okunieff/ Daily Collegian)

The Massachusetts men’women&rsquo and s;s cross-country teams will compete in its second meet of the growing season this Friday at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown at Franklin Park. The meet shall include a five-kilometer run for the ladies, beginning at 3 p.m. The men shall follow at 3:30 p.m. to race an eight-kilometer course.

Over 25 different schools will undoubtedly be in attendance Friday, including local teams like Northeastern, whose campus is less a quarter-hour from the course, regional powerhouses Syracuse and Providence, representing the Big East conference, Minnesota, Georgia Mississippi and Tech who’ll all travel over 1,000 miles to compete. UMass shall face a few of the top competitors in the Northeast and nation-wide.

After Minuteman Invitational victory, Minutemen turn to build momentum 

The men’s cross-country team began its season with a good victory over regional foes Connecticut and Vermont earlier this month. But UMass shall face stiff competition from a number of the top programs in the country come Friday.

“You want to stay centered on our process just,” said coach Tim Ritchie. “What led us to success at the real home meet was running together, running tough, being having and competitive pride in representing UMass.”

The first-year coach spoke highly of freshmen Kalin Petrov and Josh Rahn, who made their collegiate debuts at the Minuteman Invitational.

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“[Petrov and Rahn] ran very mature, very poised races and moved up well from the pack,” Ritchie said. “Though these were within their first collegiate race even, they ran as though that they had been [racing collegiately] for some time.”

Another Minuteman to consider is junior Dawson Bathgate, who finished second out of 34 runners in the Minuteman Invitational and achieved an individual record after completing the six-kilometer course 24 seconds faster than he did this past year, clocking in at 19 minutes and 32 seconds roughly.

The NY native looks to function as top runner for UMass and contains an opportunity to get another personal record for the eight-kilometer run at the Battle in Beantown with a lot of fast competition to push him.

Minutewomen building toward Atlantic 10 competition

After finishing third at the Minuteman Invitational, coach Julie Lafreniere emphasized that the meet was step one on her behalf team this year just.

“We’re targeting A-10’s,” said Lafreniere. “We’re searching for mental toughness and attempting to develop [our runners] physically. There’s talent there, but we have to get stronger and faster, we’ve two months to achieve that.”

Lafreniere continued to say how she plans to teach her runners hard throughout early October, noting that she expects her runners to be somewhat tired entering Friday’s meet. October but once her team lures nearer to the A-10 championships in late, lafreniere can make sure her runners &ldquo then; off&rdquo back; from training to be sure many people are well rested for the championship.

With strong runners Serena Sarage, Caroline Alexia and Clark Hurley on the roster, it really is expected that the Minutewomen shall hold their very own come race time at any meet this year.

Sean Richardson could be reached at [email protected]