Oct. 30, 2012
STORRS, Conn.- The University of Connecticut women's cross country staff was honored by the BIG EAST as the 2012 Cross Country Coaching Staff of the Year after guiding the Huskies to the program's best finish at the conference championships as the UConn captured second place with 68 points. This year's staff includes head coach Andrea Grove-McDonough and volunteer-assistant coach Nick Stenuf. It is the first time in program history that the Husky cross country staff was honored with this award.
The Huskies have had a stellar 2012 campaign which includes being ranked No. 16 in the nation by the USTFCCCA. Last week marked only the second time the squad earned national recognition in program history. UConn jumped an impressive 13 seats in one week from No. 29 to No. 16 after posting their second place finish in New York last week.
Following the squad's strong outing at the BIG EAST Championships the team jumped to No. 2 in the Northeast Region and only sit behind top seeded Cornell. The Huskies, who took seventh place at the 2011 BIG EAST Championship, ran against five nationally ranked squads on Friday finishing ahead of No. 10 Providence, No. 19 Notre Dame and No. 22 Villanova. On Friday the Friars, Wildcats and Irish filled slots 3-5, respectively.
The Huskies placed three- Allison Lasnicki, Lindsay Crevoiserat and Lauren Sara- on the 2012 All-BIG EAST Team as the top 15 finishers of the race earn a spot on the squad. Lasnicki finished fourth, Crevoiserat was sixth and Sara grabbed 13th place.
Connecticut returns to competition on Friday, November 9 at the NCAA Regionals in New London, Conn. The race will begin at 11 a.m. at the Hammonasset State Park.