July 30, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – Coaches J.J. Clark, Amy Begley and the University of Connecticut women's cross country team announced the Huskies' schedule for the upcoming 2014 season on Wednesday morning.
Begley, who enters her second year at the helm of the cross country program, expressed excitement about the challenging schedule awaiting the Huskies this fall.
"Last year we finished third in the conference with a small squad and without Lauren Sara,” Begley said. “This year we add seven freshmen and a healthy Sara back into the mix."
The Huskies open up the fall slate on Aug. 29 when they travel to Reading, Pa. to take part in the Lights Out Invitational.
Two weeks later, UConn returns to Amherst, Mass. for the UMass Minutemen Invite. In 2013, the Huskies claimed second place at the event with 55 points. All of Connecticut’s student-athletes posted personal bests in the tough hilly course and each runner finished the race under 19 minutes.
13 days later, UConn will participate in the Coast-to-Coast Battle In Beantown at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass. The Huskies return to the Bay State for the final time when they take part in the New England Championships on Oct. 11.
A week later, UConn will have one final tune-up for the The American Championships when it travels to Terre Haute, Ind. for the ISU Pre-National Invitational at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.
The squad will join the rest of the American Athletic Conference on Oct. 31 in Tulsa, Okla. for the 2014 American Championships. Last season, the Huskies grabbed a third-place finish, tallying 94 total points. Two standouts, Emily Durgin (Portland, Maine) and former Husky Brigitte Mania (Flemington, N.J.) posted top-10 finishes.
The NCAA Regionals will be held on Nov. 14 in Bronx, N.Y., while the NCAA Championship will be held in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 22.
Clark, the newly appointed women’s track and field coach, believes the program is headed in the right direction and looks to make an immediate impact for a squad that has high hopes for the 2014 campaign.
“I look forward to working cohesively and diligently with coach Begley as we start a new era in the women's cross country program,” said Clark. “We are committed as a staff to develop teams that can compete and excel at the conference and national level.”
In addition to the schedule, the team has announced that Durgin and Sara will serve as captains for the 2014 season.
To view the complete 2014 schedule, please click here.