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Women's Cross Country Heads to First NCAA Championships

Lauren Sara and the Huskies set to compete at the NCAA Championships

Nov. 15, 2012

Championship Central | Flo Track Article

STORRS, Conn.- The women’s cross country team is continuing to have an extremely successful season as they head to the program’s first ever NCAA Championships. Head coach Andrea Grove-McDonough was recently named Northeast Region Coach of the Year as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) after her volunteer assistant were also named the BIG EAST Cross Country Coaching Staff of the Year.

“I am so thankful for the tremendous support I have received from all of my coaching peers and friends - I'm grateful and humbled by the award,” said the newly named Coach of the Year. Grove-McDonough will lead the Huskies at this weekend’s NCAA Championships in Louisville, Ky.

Connecticut finished second last week at the Northeast regional qualifying meet and is currently ranked 14th nationally by USTFCCCA.

“After the emotional high of the NCAA Regional Championships we have completely refocused on the National Championships.  We have the potential to once again surprise some teams when the final results are tallied,” stated Head Coach Andrea Grove-McDonough.  “We won't be focused on any particular team, our strategy will simply be to execute our race plan and run tough down the stretch.”

Junior Lauren Sara, junior Allison Lasnicki, sophomore Lindsay Crevoiserat, senior Shauna McNiff, freshman Julia Zrinyi, senior Kimberly Moran, senior Brigitte Mania and alternate senior Allison Cooper will be running for Connecticut in the NCAA Championships.

Connecticut’s competitors include four other BIG EAST teams including Georgetown (11), Providence (8), Notre Dame (18), and Villanova (22).

Sara, Lasnicki, Crevoiserat, McNiff, and Zrinyi were also all named to the All-Region after posting Top-25 performances at the Regionals.

“This team is special and without a doubt the best team I've ever coached.  This season has been the most fulfilling experience in cross country or track and field that I've ever had.  Regardless of the outcome on Saturday, I have been humbled and honored to coach such a gritty, tough, and tenacious group of young women. They have handled this season with tremendous poise and maturity and to say I'm proud of them would be an understatement,” said Grove-McDonough.

Louisville will host the NCAA Championships at E.P. Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 17. The women’s race will kick off the event at noon.

"With Andrea, Nick and the team going through their pre-meet ritual, the excitement and anticipation continues to build with the same singular mission of executing once again. Great support from teammates, family, administration and fans certainly give added comfort and strength – the team will represent Uconn well!" stated Bill Morgan, supervisor of track and field/cross country.