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Women's Cross Country Competes at Penn State Nationals

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (October 19, 2008) – The University of Connecticut women’s cross country team competed at the Penn State Nationals on Friday afternoon as the Huskies competed in their first 6k race of the season to prepare the team for the championship season.

"This was a really good meet for us," said head coach Bill Morgan. "This is one of the top cross country meets in the country. We ran against programs that we never competed against and probably won't race again this season."

The Huskies were led by sophomore Meghan Bowden, who was the Huskies' first finisher with a time of 22:57. Sara Leslie followed as UConn's second runner to cross the finish line.

West Virginia won the 6k race with 40 points while host, Penn State, finished second with 83. Wake Forest rounded out the top three teams with 136 points. UConn took 22nd place with 573 points.

"This was our first 6k of the season as we prepare for the BIG EAST Championship and the NCAA Regional Championship, which are both 6k races," said Morgan. "I think now we are better prepared for those important championships."

The Huskies will set their sights on the BIG EAST Championship which will be held in New York, N.Y. on Friday, Oct. 31.