The Connecticut College Men's Cross Country team will open the 2012 campaign with a large team and a lot of enthusiasm according to Head Coach Jim Butler.
Entering his 26th season, Butler says, "This should be a fun year. We
will have one of the largest teams I have coached here in recent years
due to the influx of ten freshmen, and they will have excellent
leadership from our returning upperclassmen. The guys are really
looking forward to getting after it following a good summer of
Returning to lead the Camels will be two-time All-American Track &
Field performer junior Mike LeDuc (Canton, Conn.) who had an outstanding
sophomore year for the Camels. In Cross Country, LeDuc placed 7th at the
NESCAC Championships and 41st at the New England Division III
Champonship; in Indoor Track he placed second in the 5,000 meters in
14:33 in a photo finish at the ECAC Championship and placed ninth at
the NCAA Championship in that same event; and in Outdoor Track he won
the ECAC Championship and placed fourth in 8:59 in the 3000 meter
steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Championship to earn his second
LeDuc will serve as one of the team's three
captains, along with seniors Tim Murtagh (Rowley, Mass.) who last year
placed 69th at the NE D. III Championship and who studied abroad
during the Track season, and Andrew Duarte (Rocky Hill, Conn.) who placed
113th at the NE D. III Championship and who anchored the school record
setting 4x800 relay at the ECAC Outdoor Championship last spring.
Top seven runner soph Patrick Dermody (Erieville, N.Y.) returns healthy
after a freshman Track season that saw him sidelined with injury.
Butler will also look to seniors Tristan Cole, Matt Boudreau, Jeff Beling, Billy Martinsky, and Matt Gitkind, junior Drew Majkut, and freshmen Niall Williams (Niskayuna, N.Y.), Alex Coffin (Freeport, Maine), and Brad DeMarco (Weston, Conn.) to add team depth.
The Camels open their season on September 8th with the Trinity
Invitational at Wickham Park in Manchester, Conn.
August 21, 2012