STORRS, Conn.- The University of Connecticut women’s cross country squad will open the 2012 campaign at the Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday, September 8 in Hanover, N.H. at 11:30 a.m.
A strong class of incoming freshmen complimented by an accomplished group of upper classmen, the team is looking to improve on their 7th place finish at the NCAA Northeast Region. The Huskies have been ranked 6th in the Northeast Region in the 2012 preseason rankings.
“I am really looking forward to seeing how the freshman handle racing for the first time in the UConn uniform and it’s a good opportunity to see how people have progressed from last year,” stated head coach Andrea Grove-McDonough. “With the defending National Champions in the race as well as a Syracuse who was in the Top 10 in the preseason ranking, it’s a big meet to open your season with. I’m confident that we can hold our own and it’s a great way to kick off what we hope will be a great season.”
The Huskies will face a challenging test taking on two BIG EAST squads in the Northeast Region’s top seeded Syracuse and the Mid-Atlantic Region’s first place Georgetown.
The team will rely heavily on the five returners from last season’s nationally ranked squad. Co-captain and two-time NCAA individual qualifier Lauren Sara (Stratford, Conn.), will be expected to lead the team and have company up front this season from a number of experienced upperclassmen. Sophomore Lindsay Crevoiserat (Glastonbury, Conn.), who finished in 9th place in the 3,000m at the IAAF 2012 World Junior Championships in Barcelona Spain this summer, is going to give the team more strength and depth at the front of races.
“We are sitting out many of the women that will make up our top five and top seven later in the season for various reasons and don’t plan on putting our best team on the line until The Griak on September 29th. Lindsay Crevioserat and Julia Zrinyi ran late into the summer season because they were both competing for their respective countries at the IAAF World Juniors, and along with Shauna McNiff who is having a great training block and won’t race, we will need strong leadership from Juniors Lauren Sara and Allison Lasnicki,” finished Grove-McDonough. “Those women are obviously important factors in how successful we will be down the road so for this weekend we are going to focus on just getting experience and blowing off the dust from the summer. It should be a fun day of racing and we are all looking forward to getting the season underway.”