BOSTON, Mass. (October 11, 2008) – The University of Connecticut men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the New England Championships on Saturday, Oct. 11 in Boston, Mass.
Among the men, there was a total of 47 different teams with 316 runners total from colleges or universities all over the New England area. The UConn men’s team brought six runners to the competition, five of which were freshman and the lone upperclassman, a sophomore.
Overall, the team finished in 30th place with sophomore Scott Johnson (Old Lyme, Conn.) finishing the race first for the Huskies in 41st place in a time of 25:31. Following behind him in for second place on the team and 56th overall was freshman Andrew Judd (West Hartford, Conn.) just 12 seconds later at 25:43.
Coming in third and fourth place on the team were Luke Albertson (Norwich, Conn.) (27:01) and Rachid Sofiane (Wallingford, Conn.) (27:39) respectively. Finishing out the race for the Huskies were twins Tim and Alex Bennatan who finished in 251st place together with a time of 28:15.
The was the same as the women's 5k course with another lap added around "The Wilderness" area to extend their distance to 8k.
30. 745 Connecticut (26:50 2:14:09)
1 41 Scott Johnson 25:31
2 56 Andrew Judd 25:43
3 175 Luke Albertson 27:01
4 222 Rachid Sofiane 27:39
5 251 Tim Bennatan 28:15
6 (252) Alex Bennatan 28:15
The women’s team fared slightly better than the men’s finishing as a team in 25th place out of 45 teams. There was a total of 301 runners in the women’s tournament from the 45 colleges spread throughout the New England Area.
Senior Kaitlin Vaughan finished first overall for the Huskies and 95th overall among the women with a time of 19:25.
Junior Sarah Leslie came in right behind her in 119th place just 16 seconds later for second best among the Huskies. Sophomore Caitlin Cannon and freshman Heather Wilson placed together in 147th place overall and third on the team with a time of 20:02.
Finally sophomore Leah Andrianos and Keelan King placed for the Huskies rounding out their pack with times of 20:11 and 20:36 respectively.
The took them around the Franklin Park Zoo and through "The Wilderness" before finishing up almost where it began.
25. 678 Connecticut (19:52 1:39:19)
1 95 Kaitlin Vaughan 19:25
2 119 Sara Leslie 19:39
3 147 Caitlin Cannon 20:02
4 148 Heather Wilson 20:02
5 169 Leah Andrianos 20:11
6 (203) Keelan King 20:36