Hogan Races to Victory in NCAA Northeast Regional
AMHERST, N.Y. -- UMass Lowell distance runner Paul Hogan (Burlington) turned in a gritty dominating performance amid snow and mud Friday to win the NCAA Northeast Regional 10K Cross Country individual championship.
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UMass Lowell finished sixth in the 34-team field.
“This was an awesome day,” said UML head coach Gary Gardner. “This was our highest team finish and we had the individual champion. This is as good as it gets.”
Hogan, who took the lead shortly after the mile mark and never let up, has punched his ticket to the NCAA Championships.
“Paul’s as gritty as any person that I have ever coached,” said Gardner. “He did a really good job in really tough conditions. It was snowing and it was muddy, the course was all chewed up and it was 35 degrees. He’s tough and he ran tough.”
Hogan, a graduate student in his final year of cross-country competition, clocked in with a time of 32:30.9. He held the lead for most of the final 7,000 meters.
Syracuse won its sixth consecutive team championship. UML was the top finisher among America East schoolsl.
The other four River Hawk scorers were junior Liam Kimball, sophomore Derek Holmes, junior Harry Maloy of Pepperell and sophomore Ben Drezek.
The UML women’s team finished 15th at the NCAA 6K Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships.
“This was a really good performance,” said Gardner. “We ran better than we did at the conference championships two weeks ago. They ran really well up and down the roster.”
Columbia was first. UML was third among America East schools.
Junior Kaley Richards (Lowell) was the top River Hawk finisher. She moved up 19 places over the final 3,000 meters and finished in 22:36.4.
“She’s always a strong finisher and really pushes herself,” said Gardner. “She raced really well and really tough.”
The other UML scorers were seniors Allie Morris and Katherine Murray, sophomore Jenna Solimine and grad student Marissa Richards (Lowell).