Women’s XC heads to New England Championships
Published: Friday, October 11, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 11, 2013 00:10
The UConn women’s cross country team will race in the New England Championships in Boston this Saturday. The 5K race is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. at Harvard’s home course in Franklin Park.
Coach Amy Yoder Begley will field six runners Saturday: Emily Durgin, Brigitte Mania, Abby Mace, Emily Howard, Kat Vodopia, and Laura Williamson.
“Our expectations are to have our top three runners, Durgin, Mania and Mace lead the pack as they have been doing all season,” Begley said. “We are expecting a big performance from Howard, who has been progressing all year trying to close in on the top three. We have had a nice two-week break in which we were able to work hard and prepare for the New England Championships. The girls are very excited to race again.”
A lot of pressure will be on Durgin’s shoulders on Saturday as she tries to lead UConn to another victory. Durgin has led the team with one second-place and two third-place finishes in the team’s first three meets this year.
“Durgin needs to have a great run and maintain her pace throughout the race,” Begley said. “I encouraged her and all of the girls to aim for personal records this weekend because PR’s lead to winning. The course is one of the oldest and most prestigious cross country courses in the country. We are looking forward to racing on it Saturday.”