Nov. 17, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Competing in the program’s first NCAA Championships, the UConn women’s cross country squad captured 8th place out of 31 teams with 304 points. Connecticut’s outstanding performance at Louisville’s Tom Sawyer Park on Saturday afternoon caps off a stellar season that saw the Huskies earn their highest national ranking (14th) and head coach Andrea Grove-McDonough being named the BIG EAST Cross Country Coaching Staff of the Year and the Northeast Region Coach of the Year.
The Oregon Ducks took home the 2012 NCAA Championship with 114 points, while Providence finished second (183 points) and Stanford claimed third place (198 points). The Top 15 at this year’s final race had four BIG EAST squads as Georgetown (12th place) and Notre Dame (15th place) joined the Friars and the Huskies.
"What an epic day for the program and for the women of this team," Grove-McDonough stated. "They were warriors out there today and have capped off a history-making season by putting a huge exclamation point on it. For a team that was making its first ever appearance on the national stage they sure handled it with maturity and guts. To say I'm proud would be an understatement."
Pacing the Huskies at the 6K was sophomore Lindsay Crevoiserat who captured 42nd with a time of 20:18.7 finishing just a fraction of a second ahead of Stanford’s Jessica Tonn (20:18.8).
Running in her final meet in the Husky blue and white was senior Shauna McNiff finishing 109th with a mark of 20:51.3. Rounding out the scoring UConn runners was freshman Julia Zrinyi in 125th in 20:56.8.
"Andrea choreographed and orchestrated such an incredible season. This race was something I willl remember for not only the result but for the joy these young ladies wore knowing they had been a part of history," stated Bill Morgan, cross country/track and field supervisor. '"This is a moment for pause in acknowledging what the entire national distance community is extending to our team - phenomenal!"
The Huskies set a high standard for the 2013 campaign and will return all but one of their top-five runners as McNiff is set to graduate in May.