From seniors to freshman and their strong nucleus of sophomores the UMass women's cross country team will need a complete team effort this week at the A-10 Championships.
Julie LaFreniere and the women's cross country squad will open up the 2012 season from the comforts of their own home on Saturday, September 8.
As a junior in 2011 Cross Country: Competed in three meets ... Claimed 38th at the Rothenberg Race (10/14) and 11th on the team with a time of 20:41.3 ... Placed 54th overall and 12th on the team at both the Minuteman Invite (9/17) and Bryant University Invitational (9/10) with marks of 19:59.42 and 20:30.69.
As a sophomore in 2010: Cross Country: At the Rothenberg Race (10/16), placed 69th with a time of 19:54...Placed 58th with a time of 19:51 at the UMass Home Meet (9/18)...At the BC Invite (9/11), set a time of 20:25 while placing 89th.
As a freshman in 2009: Cross Country: Had a fine season as a freshman, placing in the top five finishers for UMass three times... Placed 38th overall and fifth on the team at the Atlantic 10 Championships (10/31) with a time of 21:09... Set her best mark of the season (19:30) and took 89th place at the Albany Invitational (10/17).
Before UMass: Ran four years of cross country and track at Summit High School under coaches Dave Field and Neal Sharma ... Helped the Hilltoppers to three sectional championships during her freshman, sophomore and senior seasons ... Team won conference titles her sophomore and senior seasons ... Qualified for the Penn Relays and the Nike Outdoor Nationals in the 4x800m during her senior year ... Took third at cross country state sectionals as a senior ... Was named MVP of the cross country and winter track teams as the captain following her senior season ... Also played basketball for two years while at Summit High.
Personal: Danielle Christine Allocco ... Born July 20, 1991, in Summit, N.J., to Dennis and Cathy Allocco ... Has one sister, Katelyn, who is on the crew team at UMass ... Majoring in Kinesiology.