Nov. 8, 2012
STORRS, Conn.- The UConn women’s cross country team is having their best season in program history and hopes to continue their success this weekend in the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships hosted by Yale and Fairfield Universities. The Huskies enter the weekend ranked No. 16 in the latest USTFCCCA (U.S Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) poll.
For the first time in program history, the women’s coaching staff has been named BIG EAST Cross Country Coaching Staff of the Year following the team’s second place finish at the BIG EAST Championship. Head coach Andrea Grove-McDonough and volunteer-assistant Nick Stenuf make up this year’s staff.
Junior Lauren Sara, junior Allison Lasnicki, sophomore Lindsay Crevoiserat, senior Shauna McNiff, freshman Julia Zriniyi, senior Kim Moran, and senior Brigitte Mania will be competing for Connecticut this weekend.
Lasnicki led the Huskies at the BIG EAST Championship last month, finishing 4th in the 6K race, with Crevoiserat close behind her in 6th place, while Sara and McNiff finished 13th and 18th, respectively.
“We could not be more ready for this meet – one we have been keying on all season,” said women’s head coach Andrea Grove - McDonough.
The Huskies will be competing against 37 other teams including three USTFCCCA nationally ranked teams, including Cornell (8), Providence (20), and Boston College (27).
Grove-McDonough is looking forward to the meet saying, “I am confident and excited to see what this team is capable of – it will be a dogfight no doubt about it with this many national caliber squads in the mix. I would not want to lead any other team into this battle than the one I’ve got.”
The women’s race starts at noon on Friday, November 9 at Hammonasset Park.
Supervisor of cross country/track and field Bill Morgan contributed, "Andrea has brought this group to a readiness necessary for championship day – much excitement as we anticipate an 'all in' performance."
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