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.
Head Coach Julie LaFreniere hopes to see her squad perform well as they enter their final meet and final week of preparation before the A-10 Tournament.
UMass' Carly Zinner and Rachel Hilliard led the way for the Minutewomen another week as the team gets set to prepare for the A-10 Championships.
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.
As a junior in 2011: As a co-captain, competed in six meets ... At the NCAA Regional Meet (11/12), clocked in at 23:36.7 while placing third on the team and 141st overall ... Crossed the line at 19:07.16 at the Minuteman Invitational (9/17), good enough for third on the team and 26th overall ... In the season opener, recorded a time of 19:28.31 while placing second on the team and 26th overall at the Bryant University (9/10).
As a sophomore in 2010: Placed 20th with a time of 20:44 at the Rothenberg Race (10/15)...At the BC Invite (9/11), crossed at 22:32.
As a freshman in 2009: Placed sixth on the team and 215th overall at the NCAA Regional Qualifier (11/14) with a time of 26:48... At the Atlantic 10 Championships (10/31), finished 98th overall with a time of 22:37... Set best time of season at the UMass Five-Way (9/19) meet with a time of 19:58.
Before UMass: Ran three years for Hingham High School under coaches Ed Hussier and Steve Schlicting ... Was part of the distance medley relay team that set a Hingham school record and competed at the Nike Nationals ... Helped Hingham to three straight undefeated seasons in the Patriot League during her sophomore, junior and senior seasons ... Was the 1000m Patriot League champion her senior year, and was part of the 4x800m Division III State Championship team ... Placed fourth in the 1000m at the state meet as a senior ... Was a Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic honorable mention selection and earned Patriot League All-Star honors as a senior ... Also played soccer and lacrosse ... Served as captain and was a Patriot League All-Star in soccer in 2008.
Personal: Danielle Marie McNiff ... Born October 19, 1990, in Boston, Mass., to Thomas and Jane McNiff ... Has two siblings, Erin and Shauna ... Sister Shauna competes in cross country and track at UConn ... Majoring in Accounting.