Women's Cross Country Finishes Third at the Ted Owens Invitational



    NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (September 20, 2008) - The University of Connecticut women's cross country team finished in third place at the Ted Owens Invitational as freshman Courtney Dinnan (Hamden, Conn.) was the Huskies' first place finisher with a time of 18:34 at Stanley Quarter Park in New Britain, Conn. on Saturday afternoon.

    With her run, Dinnan recorded a personal record on the course, beating out her first place finishing mark from Sept. 5 at Stanley Quarter Park in the Blue Devil Invitational.

    "These young ladies showed great determination in today's race," said head coach Bill Morgan. "It may be still early, as it was just our second meet, but we have improved a lot since our first meet here earlier this month.

    Sara Leslie (Portland, Conn.) and sophomore Leah Andrianos (East Syracuse, N.Y.) finished behind Dinnan to round out the Huskies' top three finishers. UConn's top eight finishers all improved on their prior performances, recorded personal records against New Hampshire and the nationally ranked Boston University Terriers, the two teams that beat out the Huskies.

    "It was a great team race today," said assistant coach Clive Terrelonge. "We built off what we did two weeks ago here and got off to a great first mile to keep a competitive race with the talented teams we ran against. We have been training hard and we (as coaches) expect them to kept improving from here."

    Photo by Steve McLaughlin