AMHERST, N.Y. – Another event, another strong outing for the UConn women’s cross country team as it finished in first place of the UB Stampede Invitational on Friday at the Audubon Golf Course.
The Huskies, who took first last week in the UMass Minuteman Cross Country Invitational, earned 21 points, with host Buffalo grabbing second with 43 points and Vermont taking bronze with 69. Five runners for UConn finished in the top seven.
Freshman Mia Nahom completed the course in 21:46.3, good for an average mile of 5:50.4 and a second-place finish. Juniors Haley Hasty, Kelsey Swanson, and Courtney Akerley all finished within 10 seconds of Nahom, earning third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
“The team ran smart and tough at the end with a good spread of about 15 seconds from first to fifth,” said head coach J.J. Clark. “We had four in the top-five and five in the top-10 to beat a good Buffalo team.”
Freshman Brianna O’Brien rounded-out UConn’s top-10 finishers with a time of 22:02.4. Five UConn runners completed the run before four other schools even had one finisher, as Binghamton, Colgate and Canisius made-up the bottom three.
A pair of other Huskies had a strong showing on Friday, as sophomore Danielle Jordan placed 19th in a time of 22:34.1 and junior Mary Monda Oewel finished 24th in 23:07.4. Senior Liz Lagoy finished inside the top-30 with a time of 23:34.7, good for 29th.
“We got great efforts from our upperclassmen and freshmen groups to formulate a great team result,” said Clark.
UConn had the most top-10 finishes with five and Buffalo was second with three – including the overall first-place runner in Stephanie Ward (21:08.9). The Huskies’ average time as a team was five seconds better than Buffalo’s (21:53 and 21:58).
Next week, UConn is back in action when it competes in the Coast-To-Coast Battle in Beantown on Friday, Sept. 22. The meet will take place at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass.