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Durgin, Sara Lead the Huskies to a Second-Place Finish at The American Championships

Emily Durgin won Friday's 6K race with a time of 20:29.
Oct. 31, 2014

Final Results

TULSA, Okla. 
– Captains Emily Durgin (Portland, Maine) and Lauren Sara (Stratford, Conn.) delivered a one-two finish to help pace the University of Connecticut women’s cross country team to a second-place finish at the 2014 American Athletic Conference Championship at Mohawk Sports Complex in Tulsa, Okla.
Durgin was the first athlete to cross the line, winning the 6K race with an impressive 20:29 time. She was followed up by Sara, who checked in with a 20:32 time.

"Today was very exciting," Durgin said. "It was awesome to have Lauren and I in the front group for the whole race. We worked together and were able to pull away from the field and finish first and second. As a team, coming in second and topping SMU is a huge accomplishment. We have a young team and I know we will be in the mix for the conference title next year. Now it's time to focus on the regional meet."
Overall, Connecticut tallied 67 points, trailing only the host school Tulsa (40), which boasted four of the top-10 finishers overall. It marked UConn’s best-ever American Athletic Conference finish after earning third in the league’s inaugural season in 2013. The Huskies edged out conference heavyweight SMU (81), which claimed three of the top-10 individuals.
“It was great for our team to take the top-two overall spots,” said women’s track and field coach J.J. Clark. “Emily Durgin deserves a lot of credit for running a tough, well-planned race. Lauren Sara has been one of the most consistent runners in the whole conference so it was nice to see her finish second. Overall, I think this was a great showing for our team, which ran its best race of the season against some very challenging competition.”
Also posting top-20 finishes were Laura Williamson (21:41) and Abby Mace (21:52). Alana Pearl grabbed 30th overall with a 22:31 finish.
“Our team ran tough today and it was great to see some of the girls have a breakthrough,” said the two-time American Athletic Conference Female Athlete of the Week Sara. “Being able to finish first and second with Emily was exciting. Overall, our team’s performance has us excited for the rest of the season.”

Following the race, Sara, Durgin and Williamson earned a place on the women's All-Conference team.
For complete individual and team results, please click HERE