2012 Season Preview

Tim Murtagh '13
Tim Murtagh '13
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 training" 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 All-American award. 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

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