Oct. 29, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's cross country team will look to take the conference's American Athletic Conference Championship premier on Saturday, Novemeber 2nd at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Conn. The women will have the second race slot of the day on the 6k course at 11:50am, following the men's 8k start at 11am.
Connecticut will be the host institution for the American Championships at Hammonasset State Park. The home meet will provide great proximity for family, friends, and fans, as the majority of the roster hails from the New England region.
The women will look to continue what has been a successful campaign so far this fall. Highlights include a second place showing at the New England Championships in Boston, MA on October 12th following a pair of second-place team finishes to open the season. The team hopes to place in the top three on Saturday afternoon at Hammonasset.
Leading the young Husky squad are veterans Emily Durgin and Brigitte Mania. The duo posted a pair of top-ten finishes to guide the Huskies in the New England Championship meet and will look to match that performance on Saturday. "They have different racing styles and strengths that help both of them during the race," explained head coach Amy Begley. "Look for Brigitte to have a strong start to the race and stay near the front of the pack. Durgin will follow Brigitte off the line and work her way to the front."
Coach Begley also noted that a solid all-around effort from the top 5 runners will be crucial in producing a top three overall finish in the championship. "Abby Mace will continue to close the gap on our front runners. Emily Howard and Laura Williamson will round out the top 5. They are ready for a great championship race. Kat Vodopia is our 6th runner who we have counted on her many times to be our 5th scorer. A team is always ready to step up when needed."
Prepared to take on the rest of the American Athletic Conference on Saturday, Coach Begley reminded that sometimes the intangibles prove most impactful on a team's performance. "The women just need to do what they have been doing all year," coach Begley stated simply, "and that is racing with passion and pride."
About The Course:
Hammonasset Beach State Park will serve as the site of the inaugural American Championship meet. The park serves as Connecticut's largest shoreline park with over two miles of beach. The park first opened to the public in 1920, briefly closing during World War II to serve as an aircraft range. Today, over one million people visit Hammonasset annually. The 6k and 8k courses feature a loop around the scenic park, which will provide a flat path of almost exclusively grass surface.
For more information including directions to the race, course maps, and parking guidelines, please log on to www.TheAmerican.org/XC. This site will also post results and video from the championship. For the first time, the conference will be producing a live stream for viewers at home to follow all the action. Simply click on the link above to view on your computer, tablet or mobile device. The live footage will be completely free of charge and will feature coverage of the race, the awards ceremonies and interviews. Also, be sure to follow the conference championship Twitter handle @American_Champs for more live coverage of events.
Below is a copy of the live stream that will be active on the American Conference website Saturday afternoon: