October 7, 2010

Bulldogs Compete at 124th New England Championships

Head into Halfway Point of Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs will participate at the second-oldest meet in the country at the New England Championships on Saturday. More than 52 teams from the region will compete at Franklin Park in Boston in the 124th year of the event, including fellow conference teams Brown and Dartmouth. While most of the Bulldogs will not compete this weekend to prepare for Penn State Nationals on Oct. 16, head coach Dan Ireland still expects the team to place in the top 10. 

"Everybody's training really well, and the team's looking good," Ireland said.

The Bulldogs will run at least five runners to score as a team. Freshman Michael Cunetta has had an impressive first season so far after running second for the Bulldogs in his opening race at the Quinnipiac Invitational and running in the top 10 out of the entire team at the Harvard-Yale meet two weeks ago. Sophomore Kevin Lunn also had a strong start to his season by finishing in the Bulldogs' top seven at the Dartmouth Invitational. Junior Chris Scavone enters the weekend with a win at Quinnipiac under his belt. Other runners that may compete include juniors David Demres and James Wyper and sophomore Matt Thwaites.

The course at Franklin Park will allow some of the younger runners to practice on the site of next year's Harvard-Yale dual meet. The meet also marks the halfway point of the season as the Bulldogs gear up for Heptagonals Championships on Oct. 29.

"Everything's pointing toward Oct. 29," Ireland said.

UMass-Lowell is the defending champion, winning three titles in the last four years.

The men's race kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Results will be posted on neicaaa.org and Yalebulldogs.com after the meet.

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity