Sept. 26, 2009
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The University of Connecticut women's cross country team finished in sixth place out of 18 teams at the 24th Annual Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore Courtney Dinnan continued where she left off as she was the Huskies' top finisher for the third consecutive week. Dinnan recorded a time of 22:44 for 29th place.
Senior captain Sara Leslie was again the Huskies' second finisher with a time of 23:11. "We had a really good showing today," said distance coach Andrea Grove-McDonough. "We did what we wanted to do and we are happy about how we finished as a team. "Courtney ran well for us again today and Sara was solid as she always is," added McDonough.
Freshman Megan Jacoby was UConn's third finisher as she was also the seventh freshman overall. Freshman Kimberly Moran and sophomore Christine Vogel rounded out the top-five UConn runners as Vogel closed out the race well to set the Huskies up for the sixth place finish.
Iowa State took first place at the competitive meet, while Minnesota and Michigan State took second and third, respectively. Utah Valley finished fourth on the afternoon.
"Three of the teams in the top-five are nationally ranked and I expect to see Utah Valley contend for an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships in November," added McDonough."So to finish on the heels of these nationally competitive teams is a great leap forward for UConn Cross Country. I'm very proud of our team. Most of this program is very young and have not seen this kind of high caliber collegiate meet and they were very composed and tough out there today.
"This really shows us how well we can compete, not to mention that while we had a very good day out on the course I still see areas where we can improve - and that's a very exciting thing - to be so competitive and still not have our A+ or even or A game - that's what keeps us hungry," said McDonough. "I am really excited for our team."
The Huskies head to Boston, Mass. on Oct. 10 for the New England Championship that is set to begin at 12:30 p.m.