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Women's Cross Country Places Second at UMass Invite

Williamson and the Huskies finish second at UMass Invite

Sept. 14, 2013


AMHERST, Mass.- Emily Durgin guided the UConn women’s cross country team for the second consecutive week as the Huskies claimed second place at the UMass Invite with 55 points. Connecticut averaged a time of 17:55.46 in Saturday’s 5K. All Huskies posted personal bests in the tough hilly course and each runnner finished the race under 19 minutes.

"The team ran with confidence today," stated head coach Amy Begley. "All of them fought to the line and had better finishes than last week. I couldn't be happier with how this young squad competed."  

Durgin claimed third place overall as she crossed the finish line in 17:20.10. Senior Brigitte Mania quickly followed her teammate taking sixth place with a time of 17:43.09.

"I was extremely pleased with everyone's performances this weekend. The race plan was to go out there and give it all you got and just race it which not one person failed to do," Durgin commented.

Connecticut had four Huskies finish in the top-15 with Abby Mace and Laura Williamson joining Durgin and Mania. Mace concluded the race in 17:53.63 for 10th place and Williamson was 13th with a mark of 17:58.37.

The final Huskies to run on Saturday were Emily Howard and Katherine Vodopia who finished 26th and 28th, respectively. Howard had a time of 18:42.09 and Vodopia ran the 5K in 18:50.80.

"There was a really great vibe today with the team," Mania commented. "Everyone was positive which served as a great springboard into personal bests across the board. You can see each person getting stronger every week- it's really exciting to see."

UConn’s next race will be at the Ted Owens Invite in New Britain, Conn. on Saturday, September 21. The run is scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m.