UMass Invite


September 15th


Full Results


Team Scores:

UMass39, Stonehill 45, UConn 81, AMHERST 85, Keene State 129


Greg Turissini
KC Fussell
Gus Greenstein
AdronĀ  Pitmon
Alvaro Morales
Andrew Erskine
Charlie Reighard
Jeff Seelaus
Dillon Buckley
Romey Sklar
Dan Crowley
Patrick Grimes
Eli Howe
Scott Gemmell-Davis

Meet Recap:

Runner of the Meet - Gus Greenstein

The men kicked off the 2012 season by travelling through the woods and streets of Amherst to get to neighboring UMass for the UMass Invitational against the host school and Stonehill, UConn and Keene State. The exact length of the course is not quite certain - a guess is about 200m shy of 8k, or figuring adding about 30 or so seconds for a full course - but despite the uncertainty of the length, the effort was not in questions. Despite being the first race of the year, and getting the rust off, the men did a great job of competing and the efforts across the board should bode well for an outstanding season. Sophomore Greg Turissini took charge for the team as he put himself in the front pack of 6-8 guys from the beginning of the race and looked outstanding as he finished 7th in a time of 24:38. Gus Greenstein had undoubtedly his best race of his college career as he ran to a time of 25:04 - getting kicked down by teammate KC Fussell in the final stretch - and showed that he aims to be a force this fall, and Fuss's 2nd place showing for the team puts him right on target. Adron Pitmon returned to the XC course and looked at home running 25:20 with Alvaro Morales coming in right behind his at 25th place in 25:22 despite battling a cold for the later half of the week. Andrew Erskine was off his game today with his 6th for the team showing, and will look to rebound next time out (nice when a 25:31 can be considered a bad race) while junior Charlie Reighard showed huge improvements from his past 2 years of XC and also looks to have a big impact on the teams success. he ran to a 33rd place, 25:34 showing. First year Jeff Seelaus made his XC debut quite successful with a 25:38 and just outside of the Top 7 as he kept the reins on things for the first half before moving up strongly in the last 2 miles and just got in front of Captain Dillon Buckley and his 25:39. Romey Sklar had a great race, joining the list of guys getting under 26 minutes and cracking the Top 45. Dan Crowley, another first year runner, just missed dipping under 26 minutes as he ran to a 45th place with a time of 26:02. Pat grimes and Eli Howe continue to build back their strength and had solid efforts, while another first year guy, Scott Gemmell-Davis had a great XC debut running 27:07 for the race, looking strong and consistent throughout. Several guys ran through a bit further then the 5k, using that as a good stopping point to make the transition into the 5 mile distance. Conditions were great on the course, and it was a very encouraging opener for the team as the course was comparable to what we ran on 2 years ago and the times were significantly quicker across the board for those who ran 2 years ago - and even as a comparison against the times that the team had from that day. The high volume of work will continue through the coming weeks but certainly a great way to start the season off!