<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> 2015 UMass XC Invite

UMass-Amherst Invite

At UMass, Sept 12th

Team Score - 2nd with 59 points

Full Results

1 Mohamed Hussein 19:28
7 Dan Crowley 19:52
11 Jeff Seelaus 19:56
13 Craig Nelson 19:58
27 Tucker Meijer 20:18
29 Raymond Meijer 20:19
32 Kevin Connors 20:25
34 Justin Barry 20:29
39 Steven Lucey 20:34
40 Kristian Sogaard 20:35
44 Cosmo Brossy 20:39
47 Peter Horton 20:46
58 Jack Wesley 21:05
74 Zack  Grand 21:33
75 Cole Hawkins 21:37
79 Kevin Dooley 21:49
80 Jack Malague 21:54
81 Jesse Fajnzylber 21:56
82 Chris Butko 21:58
86 Scott Nelson 22:07
87 Jacob Silverman 22:53
88 Aaron Zambrano 23:05
89 Ermias Kebede 23:12
91 Vernon Espinoza 24:28


Meet Recap:

Runners of the Meet - Jeff Seelaus & Peter Horton

The Jeffs kicked off the season at the UMass Invite in impressive fashion as Mohamed Hussein took home the individual title, and the team finished a very close 2nd to UConn in the team title - missing the win by 6 points - but coming out on top of Maine, UMass, Vermont and Boston College. It was a great day to race, and there was a large contingent of fans cheering for the boys in the "next best thing to a home meet" that we could have! The course was slightly longer than last year, as it measured out to a little under 4 miles with a little deviation in the big field loop that they would run on almost 4 times - -2 circuits of it to start the race, and then a little less then 2 more times to finish up the race. The pace was pretty quick to start, and most of the guys were a little bit off of it but would start to work their way up through the ranks shortly after the mile and begin to mix it up within the scoring ranks of teams runners and as they finished the 2nd Loop of the big field and headed towards the gravel road and their run up through the Kestrel Loop, they has established great position as Mo was just off the lead group, with Dan Crowley a few seconds back and then a quartet of Jeff Seelaus, Craig Nelson , Kevin Connors and Steven Lucey were marking him back in about 20th spot. A few seconds would separate our next pack which included the Meijer brothers (Raymond and Tucker) and Kristian Sogaard with Justin Barry and Cosmo Brossy just behind this pack. Peter Horton, Scott Nelson and Jack Wesley were working well together, as they would come through in another 7-8 seconds. Zack Grand and Cole Hawkins would lead the next wave of guys which included Jesse Fajnzylber, and Jacob Silverman with another pair of first year runners Kevin Dooley and Jack Malague coming up right behind. A couple of our 800 focused guys, building strength with XC, were working well together as Chris Butko would be pulling first year guys Ermias Kebede and Vernon Espinoza through. As the guys headed around the Kestrel Loop on their way back to the field loop for the final 2 loops, they had continued to move up through the ranks and were making a pretty good run at challenging for the team win. Upon entering the final loop, Mo was on the shoulder of the leader and would make a move in the final 600m to run away with it, and finished with a 4 second victory - this would be his first collegiate XC victory and would ultimately also garner him USTFCCCA National Runner of the Week along with NESCAC Runner of the Week honors. Dan finished strong to finish in 7th, while only 4 seconds behind him came fellow captain Jeff in 11th and Craig in 13th. 20 seconds after this would come the next wave of guys that would close out the scoring, as Tucker and Raymond came through together finishing in the Top 30 while we would have another pack of guys bunched up in a 10 second spread as KConn would finish 7th for the team but be followed closely by JB, Lucey, Kristin and Cosmo. Only a slight gap was present before Pete cam charging through to the finish and he posted the 4th fastest finishing loop on the team to cap a great race, while Jack Wesley got his first XC race under his belt as he was returning from injury last fall. Some bright spots behind as Zack and Cole each had a strong effort while a wealth of experience was gained by everyone. Despite a shorter then normal lead-up to the meet, and some great training being done through the week, the meet was a great first step for the guys and we are excited to build upon the momentum from the race, but already looking ahead to getting some quality work in and getting stronger in the coming weeks as we look ahead to the next step.