Cross country takes first place at memorial race
Published: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 8, 2013 23:09
The UConn Women’s Cross Country team kicked off their season at the Shawn M. Nassaney Memorial Race at Bryant University this past Saturday. UConn took first place in the meet due to an impressive performance from UConn sophomore, Emily Durgin, who came in second place overall with a time of 17:53.5.
“The race was a great opener individually and as a team,” Durgin said. “We are a young team with a lot of potential and coach Begley has already brought so much to UConn.”
The young team won the 5K Memorial Race with only six of their runners competing, four of which are mid-distance runners.
UConn had five girls finish in the top 20 out of 100 competing runners. Brigitte Mania, who finished fourth with a time of 18:10.0, said, “We are stronger than people think. I am really excited to see how the season unfolds.”
Abby Mace and Laura Williamson grabbed 10th and 11th place, crossing the line with times of 18:32.4 and 18:36.0 respectively. Emily Howard and Katherine Vodopia followed them with times of 19:01.1 and 19:32.1.
The Huskies’ next meet will be the UMass Invite held on September 14th. The full team should be running in the second meet, so expect a competitive race from a young and motivated team. As Coach Amy Begley said, "More good things are yet to come this year and in the future as they gain experience."