Nov. 20, 2011
STORRS, Conn.- Sophomore Lauren Sarais set to compete in the NCAA Championships on Monday as an individual after taking 6th place overall at the Regionals last weekend. Sara is the first Husky to qualify as an individual since Jillian Sullivan in 2007 and only the fourth in UConn history.
Head Coach Andrea Grove-McDonoughand Sara give their thoughts on the upcoming race and a look into the exciting atmosphere in Terre Haute, Ind. this weekend as they prepare for Monday's NCAA Championship.
"The culmination to a great season for Lauren is competing here at the National Championships on Monday. This is a chance for her to run for herself and find out what she's capable of. The special thing about cross country is that it brings together all of the best runners in the country in one race. You have All-Americans in all the specialties - from the mile, 5,000 meter, 10,000 meter and the steeple all lining up for one prize," Andrea Grove-McDonoughsaid.
"I'm really excited for the race and the whole experience of being here and competing against a lot of really talented runners - the best in the country! Since this is my first time at NCAA's for Cross Country, I don't know exactly what to expect, but I'm really hoping I can place in the top 40 to become an All-American and run a smart race," stated Sara.
"It's a crazy race and an incredibly energized crowd and atmosphere. There are not that many cross country races where there is actually tailgating like this one! It's a tough course and with the probability of wet, muddy, and windy conditions it's imperative that Lauren runs a smart race but also doesn't allow herself to be intimidated by the competition. Anything inside the top 100 is a great race in this situation but top 40 is All-American and that's what we are shooting for," finished Grove-McDonough.
Check back on Monday afternoon for final results of the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships.