Cunningham Leads Huskies In National Class Field



    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (October 15, 2005) - The University of Connecticut women's cross country team competed in the Penn State National Invitational on Sunday morning, placing 22nd with 522 points.  Senior Niamh Cunningham (Branford, Conn.) led the Huskies in this high competition level meet, finishing 36th with a time of 22:02.

    Duke University, the No. 1 ranked team in the country, won the meet with 22 points.  Providence, Tennessee, University of Pennsylvania and and Ohio State rounded out the top-five.  Shannon Rowbury, a senior from Duke, came in first with a time of 20:34.

    Also competing for the Huskies were junior Jillian Sullivan (Bristol, Conn.) who placed 87th.  Kate Vaughan (Bethel Park, Pa.) placed 119th, Orlaith Cunningham (Branford, Conn.) took 122nd, Taylor Lebovich (Old Tappan, N.J.) finished 158th, Keelan King (Scotia, N.Y.) placed 184th, and Rebecca McCollum (Monroe, Conn.) placed 188th.

    "It's a reality check for us," said UConn distance coach, Kim McGreevy.  "We need to do a couple of different things in order to finish a few places higher, but I was pleased with the toughness of our team.  We ran tough against a strong field of competition."

    The Huskies will be back in action again on Oct. 22 at the Central Connecticut Mini Meet.


    36.    Niamh Cunningham    22:02 

    87.    Jillian Sullivan           22:55 

    119.  Kate Vaughan           23:22 

    122.  Orlaith Cunningham    23:23 

    158.  Taylor Lebovich        23:52

    184.  Keelan King              24:19 

    188.  Rebecca McCollum     24:23