AMHERST, Mass. - Redshirt-senior captain Lauren Sara (Stratford, Conn.) guided the University of Connecticut women's cross country team to a second-place at the 2014 Minutemen Invitational on Saturday morning.
The Huskies finished the race with 41 team points, averaging 17:26.88 in the 5K. Sara paced the Huskies for a second consecutive week, crossing the finish line 16:43.30, which marked a personal best. Emily Durgin (Portland, Maine) also recorded a top-five finish with a 17:10.10 finish. Laura Williamson (17:40.30), Abby Mace (17:48.20) and Liz Lagoy (17:52.50) each recorded top-15 finishes and set personal records.
"Today was really exciting," said Sara." To get our team out there and see how all the hard work has paid off has been great. Our whole team worked hard to get the job done. I'm confident and excited for what our team is capable of this season."
Overall, all 12 Huskies finished in the top-70 and each member of the team was able to set a personal best, including Lily D'Agostino, who finished 68th in her first-ever cross country race at UConn.
"We did a great job today closing the gap," said second year coach Amy Begley. "We will be able to gauge our progress again in two weeks when we race against Boston College and other great teams."
Women's track and field head coach J.J. Clark echoed Begley's statements, expressing confidence in his young team that features seven first-year freshmen.
"The team ran well today," said Clark. "It was a great team effort. Things are coming together. Now we have a couple of weeks to get some good training in before our next meet."
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