Nov. 21, 2011
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Sophomore Lauren Saracompeted as an individual at the 2011 NCAA Championships on Monday afternoon and captured 53rd place overall in a time 20:39.5. Sara was only the fourth overall Husky to make it to the NCAA Championships as an individual in the program's history.
“While I know Lauren is disappointed not to have been top 40 for All-American status I was tremendously proud of her fight out there today and her 53rd place. Unfortunately, she developed a bad stitch in the first 1k that lasted until the 4k. I could tell immediately that something was wrong the first time she passed me around the 1,000m mark. Her stride was very hunched over and she looked like she was in pain - I knew at that early point in the race it had nothing to do with fatigue. When you are in this caliber of race you just won’t get away with something going awry. It’s too bad it had to happen today but I was so impressed with how she kept gritting her teeth and trying to stay in contention,” Head Coach Andrea Grove-McDonough stated.
The BIG EAST was represented well this year as five teams competed, while three finished in the top 10 and Georgetown was crowned the National Champs.
“Even if today didn’t go as I had envisioned it, I know that I fought as hard as I could throughout the race and never stopped trying to get myself inside the top 40. I’m disappointed because I know I could have done that, but I am also excited and encouraged knowing that hopefully next year both my team and I can qualify,” Lauren Sara said.
The UConn women's cross country team had a great 2011 season breaking several program milestones, including being nationally ranked for the first time in program history as they captured the 28th seat in the nation's Top 30 on October 18. Sara was the lead Husky in every 2011 race she competed in.
“She has had an unbelievable season and she has every reason to be proud of the way she has handled herself throughout. Her performance today bodes well for her future and for her leading the entire team into the NCAA Championships next season,” concluded Grove-McDonough.