Nov. 12, 2011
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Lauren Sara continued to be a dominant force for the Huskies as she led the squad to a seventh place finish with the team notching 168 points. The sophomore runner took home sixth place with a time of 20:54.0 and was the lone Husky in the top 20.
The top two teams, Syracuse and Boston College, earn an automatic bid the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. on November 21. With a selection committee deciding what remaining 31 teams get a ticket to Terre Haute, the Huskies will await their fate at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Sara has an opportunity to run as an individual as the top four runners from teams not already receiving a slot at the Championships are able to compete.
The Huskies had their highest finish ever at the NCAA Regionals and were not far behind from being even better as they were only four points behind sixth place Yale, one point behind fifth place Providence and less than twenty points behind fourth place Columbia.
“I was very proud of the way Lauren competed out there today – at one point late in the race she was as far back as 11th with less than a mile to go. But she rallied from that position to give herself a chance to advance to Nationals. It was a tremendous show of heart to get back in the race and hold off a hard charging Providence runner. That kid showed a lot of determination and toughness because she was feeling it with 1k to go but I knew she wasn’t going to let this slip away,” stated Head Coach Andrea Grove-McDonough.
Following Sara in the 6k, was freshman Lindsay Crevoiserat and sophomore Allison Lasnicki in 22nd (21:26.7) and 38th (21:47.0), respectively.
Senior Heather Wilson crossed the finish line in the 50th spot with a time of 21:58.8, while junior Shauna McNiff rounded out the tallied competitors with a 52nd finish in 22:00.8.
“Lindsay Crevoiserat bounced back from a disappointing Big East race to earn All-Regional honors with her 22nd place and be among the top 3 freshman in the entire region. She had a great day and really showed just how much she is going to mean to the team in the future. Allison Lasnicki continued her fine championship racing running as our 3rd and finishing in 36th place, a huge improvement on her 103rd placing last year. It will be impossible to replace senior Heather Wilson’s heart as she passed about ten people down the shoot to get us within five points of 5th place. Shauna McNiff deserves a medal for the bravery and determination she showed this season to bounce back from such a horrible accident that kept her out of the Big East to get to the starting line on Saturday, and to run as our number five despite a very serious injury in the first 100 meters of the race that required 8 stitches at the conclusion. Every obstacle she faced this season she has handled with such grace and a fighting spirit that was really inspiring,” Grove-McDonough added.
Other UConn runners included senior Courtney Dinnan in 69th place with a time of 22:20.6 and junior Brigitte Mania in 101st place in 23:02.0.