BOSTON, Mass. – The rain could not hold back the UConn women’s cross country team on Friday afternoon, as the squad put forth a strong race at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown in Boston, Mass.
“We took a group to Boston that had to compete in under tough and raining conditions,” said Head Coach J.J. Clark. “The team competed well and gave a great effort, it was a strong mixed field and we saw some good results.
In Boston, the Huskies competed in the Mixed Open 5k race, meaning they were squaring off against competitors from both men’s and women’s cross country programs across the country.
Sophomore Susan Aneno led the way for UConn, turning in a 19:08 clip as the first Husky to cross the finish line. Despite weather conditions, Aneno turned in a strong performance in her first race of the season.
Junior Talia Straiger’s finish of 19:24 headlined the next group of UConn runners who finished the course just 10 seconds apart. Freshman Alexandra Alsup crossed the finished line with a time of 19:28, while senior Katherine Foley and sophomore Mackenzie Pias followed suit with a time of 19:38 and 19:39, respectively.
A pair of Huskies were able to push each other in senior Alana Pearl and freshman Katleynn Romanchick, as the duo posted times of 20:25 and 20:32, respectively.
Next week, the Huskies will head to Bethlehem, Pa. to compete in the Paul Short Run. The race is slated to begin at 9:30 a.m.