Even though the Huskies fell from their 11th place finish in last year’s regional, head coach Greg Roy was proud of this year’s team and especially the seniors.
This weekend, the UConn cross country team will travel to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. for the 45th annual Paul Short Invitational run on Saturday.
Friday marks the end of the cross-country season for most teams in the Northeast. The University of Buffalo will be hosting the 2017 NCAA Northeast Regionals for both the men’s and women’s division. The University of Connecticut will be competing in both fields in hopes of furthering a season that, in retrospect, has been one of success.
On Oct. 28th, 13 days ago, UConn competed at Temple University in both fields of the American Athletic Conference Championships.
In what has been a season of mostly highs for the women and a mixture of highs and lows for the men, all will be forgotten Saturday, as the team with the best performance will be crowned the American champions.
The UConn men’s and women’s cross country teams will be competing across the nation Friday in their last races before the American Athletic Conference Championships.
The men’s team will participate in both the esteemed Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin, as well as the Rothenberg Run in Warwick, Rhode Island. The women’s team will also take part in the Rothenburg Run Friday.
The UConn men came in 8th place as a team and the women came in 16th. However, each team’s respective field was loaded with near-ranked or nationally-ranked programs, as well as other strong problems. UConn’s results might not showcase the same dominant and eye-catching headlines as the races earlier in the season, but given the different circumstances they shouldn’t be overlooked.
The UConn men’s and women’s cross country teams are both heading to Lehigh University on Friday, September 29 to compete in the Paul Short Run.
The UConn men’s and women’s programs have had vastly different schedules in September. The women are heading into their fourth meet on Friday, while the men will be running in their second competition all season.
Both teams head into the race fresh, as the men’s team hasn’t competed in over 20 days, while the women’s team rested many of their regular runners in the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown last weekend.
Everything about the Coast to Coast Battle in Beantown on Friday was strange. The race was open, meaning that both men and women could compete in the same race. The weather was a constant stream of rain creating undesirable racetrack conditions. Despite these uncommon circumstances, the Huskies found a way to put forth solid effort and feel good about themselves leaving Boston on Friday.
“We took a group to Boston that had to compete in tough and rainy conditions,” said head coach J.J. Clark, via UConn Athletics. “The team competed well and gave a great effort. It was a strong mixed field and we saw some good results.”
As usual, the Huskies finished as a pack. The top five UConn runners all finished within 31 seconds of each other, including four within 15 seconds. In her first race of the season, sophomore runner Susan Aeno led the pack, coming in 96th place. She had a final time of 19:08 while running at a pace of 6:10. Aeno was followed by a glut of her teammates: Junior Talia Staiger, who came in 102nd, freshman Alexandra Alsup (105th), senior Katherine Foley (113th) and sophomore Mackenzie Pias (114th).
Many of the Huskies’ regulars did not compete in this race for a multitude of different reasons. Runners like Mia Nahom, Brianna O’Brien, Kelsey Swanson and Haley Hasty were among the runners that did not participate in the race on Friday.
Providing remarkable performances were two more Huskies, senior Alana Pearl and freshman Kateylnn Romanchick. They finished in 138th and 140th respectively. As usual, the Huskies seem to utilize their teammates during the race as the two runners finished seven seconds apart.
Not to be overlooked were runners Julia Sprout and Morocca Wiley, who competed in a respectable fashion, using each other to push their way to the finish.
Both the men and women will be seen next Friday, Sept. 29 at the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa.
Kenny Beardsley is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UConn women’s cross country team showcased its depth in the UB Stampede Invitational, Friday winning their second consecutive meet in commanding fashion.
After last week’s performance in the Minuteman Invitational, which saw the Huskies tally 26 points en route to a first-place finish, it seemed like the season could not have gotten off to a better start.
Only a week ago, the Huskies participated in the Minuteman Invitational at the University of Massachusetts and saw an end-to-end team victory that helped them capture first place in the meet. In only their first meet of the season, the Huskies managed to place eight runners within the top 25, including six within the top 10.