Sept. 28, 2012
STORRS, Conn.- The UConn women’s cross country team returns to the competition on Saturday, September 29, when they run in the University of Minnesota’s prestigious Griak Invite. The race will begin at 1:10 p.m. at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Minneapolis.
The midafternoon 6K race will feature several challenging opponents that include nationally ranked squads No. 5 Iowa State and No. 16 Weber State. The hosting Gophers recently fell from the national rankings but are currently receiving votes. Augustana, Baylor, Boise State, Central Michigan, Drake, University of Guelph, Illinois State, James Madison, Portland, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Utah State and Utah Valley will also be running in this weekend’s meet.
“The team has been anticipating this moment for quite a while now and we are anxious to get out there and compete. Many of the girls have not had a race this season, so we’re ready to get going,” stated coach Andrea Grove-McDonough. “ I have such incredible leadership on the squad this year that I’m really looking forward to how my captains, Shauna McNiff and Lauren Sara, along with junior Allison Lasnicki and sophomore Lindsay Crevoiserat lead this team.”
In the first week of competition Sara and Lasnicki both posted top-five performances at the Dartmouth Invitational, while Mace, Durgin and Cooper also competed. The Huskies will see some of their top runners run for the first time of the 2012 campaign with Crevoiserat and McNiff hitting the ground on Saturday. Additionally, top newcomer Zrinyi will be making her college debut.
“I couldn’t have more faith in them and in what they are capable of on the course. What I’m really anticipating is who among my next group is ready to assert themselves and grab that 5th spot for us. We need someone to step up and bridge the gap between what I believe is a formidable top four. So that’s the biggest question mark for me – who is our 5th woman. And for that matter who is the 6th, 7th and so on. Our strength is our tremendous top four. What we need to improve is the spread from that group to the 5th. If we can do that we will be very good,” finished Grove-McDonough.