Oct. 26, 2012
BIG EAST Championship Results
BRONX, N.Y. – The University of Connecticut women’s cross country team had the program’s all-time best showing at the BIG EAST Championship as junior Allison Lasnicki led the No. 29 Huskies to a second place finish with 68 points on Friday morning at Van Cortland Park. Georgetown, ranked ninth in the nation, finished ten points ahead of the Huskies with 58 points for the 2012 conference crown.
The Huskies, who took seventh place at the 2011 BIG EAST Championship, ran against five nationally ranked squads finishing ahead of No. 10 Providence, No. 19 Notre Dame and No. 22 Villanova. On Friday the Friars, Wildcats and Irish filled slots 3-5, respectively.
“The team ran with tremendous heart and composure today and are starting to find their groove at the perfect time. The top three are so tough, especially down the stretch and with Shauna McNiff racing terrific at number four the possibility of a championship was in sight,” cross country head coach Andrea Grove-McDonough commented.
“Freshman Julia Zrinyi was a bit off but finished with great resolve to pass 12 competitors and solidify the runner-up spot. In speaking with the team during pre-meet, I said the championship could be won – to confront it, embrace it, and do it. It was in reach – outstanding effort by incredible young ladies wearing the UConn blue – a team of purpose! To carry it through regionals and NCAA's will be the signature that identifies this group with those teams of great stature.”
Lasnicki has been a constant force for UConn this year and followed suit on Friday with a fourth place finish in a time of 20:52.27. Sophomore Lindsay Crevoiserat joined Lasnicki in registering a top-ten finish claiming sixth place in the 6K with a time of 20:58.84.
Next to cross the finish line for the Huskies was junior Lauren Sara who posted a time of 21:21.72 for 13th place, while senior Shauna McNiff grabbed the 18th seat in 21:32.19.
The Huskies placed three- Lasnicki, Crevoiserat and Sara- on the 2012 All-BIG EAST Team as the top 15 finishers of the race earn a spot on the squad.
The final Husky recording points at the league meet was freshman Julia Zrinyi finishing 27th out of 126 runners with a mark of 21:58.79.
“The team, led by our head coach, Andrea McDonough, shook and broke the traditional rankings of BIG EAST cross country. With five nationally ranked teams, beating three higher teams with national exposure including Providence at #10, this group changed the landscape of the conference hierarchy in a most deliberate and confidant manner,” track and field head coach Bill Morgan reflected. “Their demeanor throughout the past few weeks has been that with a mature presence, realizing a championship possibility.”
“You know when something great is about to happen and the team’s presentation in every way brought the reality of such a significant finish – this will be one of those moments everyone will note, a benchmark of sorts, that will distinguish them with the significance it should. Nick Stenuf, our volunteer coach, should be noted for his contributions – coaching staff of the year with Andrea the driving force – they absolutely are. What a remarkable accomplishment!”
Connecticut returns to competition on Friday, November 9 at the NCAA Regionals in New London, Conn. The race will begin at 11 a.m. at the Hammonasset State Park.