Oct. 12, 2012
MADISON, Wisc.- The UConn women's cross country team ran at the fourth annual Wisconsin Invite on Friday afternoon in Madison, Wisc. against the nation's top programs and finished 19th out of 48 teams. The Huskies finished the 6K with 510 points, while Iowa State took home first place and Stanford in second.
Junior Allison Lasnicki led the way for Connecticut with an 11th place finish out of 327 student-athletes in a time of 19:57 and was the lone Husky to finish in the top-25. The Huskies had their top four runners finish within a minute of eachother as Lasnicki was followed by junior Lauren Sara who posted a 39th place mark in 20:22.
The final scoring Husky was senior Allison Cooper who finished 243rd in 21:41.
"I was so proud of how the team performed on Friday," said UConn women's cross country coach Andrea Groves-McDonough. " With the loss our number one runner from Griak, Lindsay Crevoiserat, things could have gotten really ugly – but this team just has way too much heart to let that happen.
"We had some huge performances by a couple of individuals, but Allison Lasnicki really stands out with her 11th place finish ahead of a slew of All-Americans. We beat a number of ranked teams and and if we conservatively slot in Lindsay we are looking at dropping 200 points from our score. That’s right where I think we should be – a top 20 team in the country. Regardless, this team all stepped up and executed the race plane perfectly.
"They showed a ton of poise and composure on the course, in probably the largest and most competitive field any of them, with the exception of Lauren, have ever been in. Next to the NCAA Championships hands down this was the best field that will be assembled this year. Freshman Julia Zrinyi keeps on getting better every week and what’s she’s capable of the sky's the limit. Shauna McNiff had her best race of the season and is really starting to get things rolling at just the right time. Our 5th runner Allison Cooper really handled the pressure that was placed on her once and ran her little heart out. What’s great is we have no true number one runner because it could be one of three on any given day."
The Huskies will return to action on Friday, October 19 at the CCSU Mini-Meet at the Stanley Quarter Park in New Britain, Conn.
19. 510 Connecticut ( 20:45 1:43:44 1:44)
1 11 Allison Lasnicki JR 19:57
2 39 Lauren Sara JR 20:22
3 95 Julia Zrinyi FR 20:48
4 122 Shauna McNiff SR 20:56
5 243 Allison Cooper SR 21:41
6 (266) Emily Durgin FR 21:53
7 (314) Brigitte Mania JR 23:01