Women's XC to race in Adidas Invitational
Published: Friday, October 18, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 18, 2013 00:10
The UConn women’s cross country team is heading to Wisconsin this Saturday to race in the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational. The race is scheduled to start at noon at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course.
The Adidas Invite started four years ago but has quickly made itself known as one of the nation’s premiere collegiate meets. Unlike past races, this race is a 6-kilometer race. It will be the largest race of the year for UConn, with 37 teams competing.
“This is our first big race of the season. It is a good race to have right before championship season,” sophomore Emily Durgin said. “It will be good to see how we stand up against the top teams of the country.”
Head coach Amy Yoder Begley will be racing six runners in Saturdays race: Durgin, Abby Mace, Brigitte Mania, Laura Williamson, Kat Vodopia and Emily Howard.
UConn will also have the opportunity to compete against conference foes this weekend.
“We are very excited to race against Louisville, who is also in the AAC. We are looking forward to competing against them before the Conference Championships,” Durgin said. “We are hoping to have a good showing and a big meet. We have been running hard all week and we are ready to show that it has paid off.”
Durgin, Mania and Mace have all raced the course before. They look to provide veteran leadership to the rest of the team as they prepare for Saturday.
“The most challenging part of the race will be the start. There are 36 other teams racing six to seven racers,” Durgin said. “We will have to focus on not getting lost in the crowd during the first 600 meters.”