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    Lauren Sara and the Huskies head to the BIG EAST Championship.

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    Lauren Sara and the Huskies head to the BIG EAST Championship.
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    Oct. 25, 2012

    Championship Central

    STORRS, Conn.- The women’s cross country team will be competing alongside 15 other BIG EAST teams at the BIG EAST Championship on Friday, Oct. 26 at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y. The women’s 6K will begin 11 a.m.

    The team will send eight runners to compete, including top returner, Lauren Sara. The Huskies finished 7th in last year’s BIG EAST Championship with Sara leading the way finishing eighth.  

    Joining Sara will be Allison LasnickiShauna McNiff, Brigitte Mania, Lindsay Crevoiserat, Julia Zrinyi, Abby Mace, Kim Moran and Allison Cooper.

    This season the team has placed fourth in the Dartmouth Invitational in Hanover, N.H., CCSU Ted Owen Invitational in New Britain, Conn., and Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn. Connecticut’s 19th place finish against a tough slate at the Wisconsin Invite catapulted the squad into the national rankings as the Huskies are No. 29 in the nation. This is only the second time in program history the Huskies have been nationally ranked.

    “With five nationally ranked squads competing for the BIG EAST title it’s going to be a really intense competition,” said Head Coach Andrea Grove - McDonough.

    Georgetown comes into Friday as the highest nationally ranked team in the league as they most recently have been tabbed ninth and are followed by Providence in 10th. Notre Dame sits in 19th, while BIG EAST defending champion Villanova is 22nd.  

    “I have strong leadership up front from a dynamic trio in Lauren [Sara], Lindsay [Crevoiserat], and Allison [Lasnicki]. Shauna [McNiff] and Julia [Zrinyi] are clicking at just the right time,” stated Grove - McDonough.  “I am confident in my team as any coach would be.”