Nov. 15, 2013
RIVERDALE, N.Y. – The UConn women’s cross country team raced to an 11th place finish out of the 40 teams that competed in the Northeast Regional Championships, which took place at Van Cortland Park in New York on Friday afternoon. The Huskies finished with 332 points while Providence took home first place with 44 points in the 6k.
Emily Durgin, Brigitte Mania, Abby Mace, Emily Howard, and Laura Williamson represented the Huskies at the Regional Championship, hoping to earn a spot at Nationals on Nov. 23. Heading into the race, Coach Begley viewed the opportunity as a chance for the young Husky squad to gain valuable experience. “We are here for experience for when we come back next year, ready to compete. No matter what happens today it has been a great year for them and the team. “
Emily Durgin (Portland, Maine) earned 16th place overall to lead the Huskies and claim All-Region honors in the process, as the top-25 finishers are awarded with the accolade. Her time of 20:42, which averages out to a 5:33 mile pace, marks one of her best performances of the season. Abby Mace (Maranacook, Maine) jumped up to finish ahead of Brigitte Mania (Flemington, N.J.) in the UConn top three with a time of 21:10 to claim 34th overall. “Abby had her best race of the year,” said Coach Begley of the sophomore’s performance. “She raced aggressive, strong, and smart.” Mania crossed the finish line with a final time of 21:30.
Mania, who polished off an impressive cross country career this afternoon, went out on a high note. “Brigitte went out and got after it. She finished off her college cross country career with the knowledge that she is stronger than she has ever been. She is looking forward to track season and getting back to the 800,” said Coach Begley
The sophomore tandem of Emily Howard (Tolland, Conn.) and Laura Williamson (Princeton, Mass.) also performed well with times of 22:26 and 22:32, respectively. "Howard and Williamson ran solid races today in the biggest meet of their career. This experience will pay off next year/"
Coach Begley expressed nothing but positivity with the results of today’s meet. “I am so proud of them today. The girls really went for it.” Looking forward to next season, the young Husky squad promises to reach even greater heights after having had a full season under its belt and several strong returners. “We have positive things to build off of for indoor & outdoor this year. Next year this team will be stronger and more experienced. I am proud of this Husky team.”