With most of the Minutewomen's top runners getting rest this week UMass places 26th of 37 in the New England Championships.
The Minutewomen will travel to Charlotte, N.C. for this year's Atlantic 10 Championships.
This will be the second and final trip of the season to the Ocean State for Julie LaFreniere's squad.
As a sophomore in 2011: Competed in two meets ... At the Rothenberg Race (10/14), placed ninth on the team and 31st overall with a time of 20:13.2 ... Clocked in at 19:54.15 at the Minuteman Invite (9/17), good enough for tenth on the UMass squad and 50th overall.
Before UMass: A 2011 graduate of Sharon High School ... Was a three year letter winner under coaches Tim Cimeno and Alan Conway ... Tabbed Most Improved XC Athlete as a sophomore ... Won the Coach's Cross Country Award as a senior ... Named a cross country captain ... Also played lacrosse for the Eagles, scoring a career total 104 goals.
Personal: Alexandra Cari Purdue-Smithe ... Born June 2, 1992 in North Carolina ... Daughter to Alan Smithe and Susan Purdue ... Sister to Alina ... Majoring in Nutrition.