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New England Championships Next Up For Women's Cross Country

Oct. 7, 2010

STORRS, Conn. - The UConn women's cross country team heads to Boston, Mass. on Saturday, October 9 to compete at the New England Championships. The race will be held at Franklin Park. The women's 5,000 will begin at 12:45 p.m. The Huskies will look for another strong showing after finishing 15th at the New England Championships in 2009 after placing 28th in 2008.

"We are always looking to improve - year to year and throughout the season. My goal since taking this job two years ago has always been to reach the national level and to establish ourselves as one of the top teams in the region. The New England Championships are a part of that - we want to finish as high as possible of course and show with our results the tangible improvement our cross country team has made," said cross country coach Andrea Grove-McDonough.

"Our team is incredibly motivated for this race. I think it's going to be an exciting and close race between a few teams, ourselves included. The whole team is really looking forward to getting out there and competing."
Cross Country Coach Andrea Grove-McDonough

The Huskies will face a pair of nationally ranked opponents in No. 16 Providence and No. 22 Boston College. The Huskies will also look to gain ground on a group of teams highly ranked in the Northeast Regional Poll, including Brown, Harvard and New Hampshire.

The New England Championships will help provide a benchmark as to where the Huskies stand on the regional level leading up to the BIG EAST and NCAA Regional Championships.

"This is the final time our top group will toe the line until the BIG EAST Championships. We limited the amount of racing that group would do this season to optimize our performance come the championship portion of the season, so as a result of that, this is a really important meet for us. We want to be heading into the BIG EAST and NCAA Regional Championships with a lot of confidence," said Grove-McDonough.

For race results and a recap of the New England Championships, check later this weekend.