The young UMass women's cross country team gains the experience of running in the spotlight of the Paul Short Invitational as well as improving in their pack running heading into the New England Championships.
Friday, September 28 the women's cross country team will compete in the Paul Short Invitational for the 6k Gold Race at 11:45 AM.
After a group effort to defeat the Maine Black Bears last week, the Minutewomen were outrun in the Minuteman Invitational.
This will be the seventh and final meet of the season for the Minutewomen.
Karen Roa was added to the A-10 All-Conference team on Saturday.
As a junior in 2012: Placed fifth for the Minutewomen in the Paul Short Invitational, crossing the finish line at 23:17 (9/28) ... Posted her season best time of 19:40.64 in the Minuteman Invitational and placed fourth for UMass and 32nd overall (9/15) ... Placed sixth for her team in the UMass Invitational and ninth overall with a time of 20:37.68.
As a sophomore in 2011: Competed in three meets ... Placed eighth on the team and 95th overall in 19:48.2 at the A-10 Championships (10/29) ... Took fifth on the team and 23rd overall at the Rothenberg Race (10/14) with a time of 19:57.1.
As a freshman in 2010: At the NCAA Regional Championships (11/14), finished in 164th place with a time of 23:09...Placed 59th at the Atlantic 10 Championships (10/30), crossing at 19:02...At the Rothenberg Race (10/16), crossed at 19:03 and finished 42nd...Finished sixth on the team and 167th overall at the New England Championships (10/9) with a time of 20:00...At the Paul Short Invite (10/1), crossed at 23:44 and placed 243rd...Took 42nd place at the UMass Home Meet (9/18) with a time of 19:25.
Before UMass: A 2010 graduate of Franklin High School where she was named a 2009 Boston Herald All-Scholastic athlete and was named to the Female Metrowest Superteam for Cross Country ... As a senior, was the MASS State Coaches Champion in the 5K with a time of 18:46 ... Set the school record at the Franklin Park Cross Country ... Holds the indoor and outdoor school record for the 2-mile run ... Received Hockomock League All-Star honors from 2006-2010 ... Was a captain for cross country, indoor, and outdoor track and field.
Personal: Mary Elizabeth Cole...Born March 4, 1992 in Springfield, Mass. ...Daughter of Mark and Susan Cole...Has one brother, Patrick... Majoring in Public Health.