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Durgin Leads Women's Cross Country in Opening Meet

Brigitte Mania finished fourth at the Shawn M Nassaney Memorial Race

Sep 7, 2013


SMITHFIELD, R.I.-  Sophomore Emily Durgin led the UConn women’s cross country team in its opening meet of the 2013 season on Saturday  morning at Bryant University’s Shawn M Nassaney Memorial Race. In the team's first place finish, Durgin crossed the finish line second overall with a time of 17:53.5 at a pace of 5:46 per mile.

"I am really proud of how hard the team works," stated head coach Amy Yoder Begley. "More good things are yet to come this year and in the future as they gain experience." 

"I am very excited for the season. The race was a great opener individually and as a team," Durgin said. "We are a young team with a lot of potential and Coach Begley has already brought so much to UConn."

Connecticut had six Huskies tally top-20 finishes in Saturday’s 5K, including two in the top-five with senior Brigitte Mania finishing fourth in 18:10.0.

"I thought we really came together as a team and only saw a glimpse of the team's potential," Mania commented. "We're stronger than people think.  I'm really excited to see how the season unfolds from here because we're definitely in a good place."

Sophomores Abby Mace and Laura Williamson took 10th and 11th place with times of 18:32.4 and 18:36.0, respectively. The next Husky to conclude the race was sophomore Emily Howard who was 19th with a time of 19:01.1. The last UConn runner to cross the finish line was sophomore Katherine Vodopia who took 37th place out of 100 runners clocking in at 19:32.1.

"I thought the race today set a really positive tone for the upcoming season. We won the meet with six girls racing, four of which are mainly mid-distance girls," Williamson said. "So I think it sent the message that we're small but mighty."

The Huskies next run is on Saturday, September 14, at the UMass Invite. The race is slated to begin at noon.