Nov. 2, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn women's cross country team competed in the BIG EAST Championship on Saturday, October 29, capturing seventh place out of 16 conference competitors. The BIG EAST is known as one of the toughest leagues in cross country as seven of the squads where nationally ranked heading into the weekend, with six still ranked in the latest USTFCCCA National Cross Country Poll.
Continuing to lead the way for the Huskies was sophomore Lauren Sara who took eighth place with a time of 20:16.0, while freshman Lindsay Crevoiserat and sophomore Allison Lasnicki came in 35th (21.17.7) and 36th (21:18.4), respectively, to follow Sara. Husky senior Shauna McNiff, who is the third top runner for UConn, could not compete due to injury.
Here are some thoughts from Head Coach Andrea Grove-McDonough on this week's performance:
"Reflecting on our team's performance at The Big East Championships I know we are better than we raced, and that we should have at least been able to give Notre Dame a run for their money. Having said that, we realize that the week's events that resulted in the loss of our #3 runner this season, Shauna McNiff, had a far bigger impact on us that we wanted to admit. It wasn't just the injury itself but the emotional toll it took on the team. Having said that we are now determined to fight back and show the Region and the entire NCAA just how good our team really is.... Right now we are firmly focused on proving ourselves at the NCAA Regional Championships and having our best race of the year when it matters most."
"While we were `off' as a team last weekend we had a couple of great individual performances with Lauren Sara placing 8th in the toughest individual race across all conferences. She was ahead of some All-American Cross Country runners and is in a great position heading into the Region meet. Also, Allison Lasnicki ran a terrific race to place third on the team and 36th overall, but also provided some much needed leadership on the course to help bring freshman Lindsay Crevoiserat home one place ahead of her. It was a great lift to the team seeing Allison step up so much and I was really proud of both her and Lauren."
The Huskies will compete in the NCAA East Regional Championships at the in the University of Buffalo.