Oct. 30, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's cross country team heads out to Kenosha, Wisc. for the 2009 BIG EAST Cross Country Championships which will begin at 11:00 a.m CT/12:00 p.m. ET.
The meet is hosted this year by Marquette and will be held at the Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course.
Last season, the Huskies finished in 13th place, racing with a young team. This season, UConn has improved strides with the return of senior captain Will Sanders (Wethersfield, Conn.). The Huskies won the Leopard Invitational for the first time in three seasons and improved 24 spots at the New England Championship finishing in sixth place out of 47 teams competing.
UConn has been paced by Sanders in each of their races. The captain took second at the New England Championship and finished first overall at the Leopard Invitational and UMass Invitational.
More than 250,000 athletes have raced over 500,000 miles on the University of Wisconsin-Parkside's Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course. The course has hosted 28 NAIA national championships, many NCAA events and has been site of the NCAA & TAC national championships. The Parkside course has also been the home of the prestigious high school Foot Locker Midwest Regional Championships for the past 24 years.
Returning to defend their sixth cross country title will be the Georgetown Hoyas, who feature all-American seniors Andrew Bumbalough and Levi Miller. Georgetown finished 29 points ahead of second-place finisher Notre Dame at last year's event. The Hoyas claimed the first, seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th spots at last year's championship held at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y.