Women's Cross Country


  Karen Roa
Karen Roa


Jamaica, N.Y.

High School:
Saint Francis Prep




WXC Crosses Season's Finish Line At NCAA's

Karen Roa led the Minutewomen for the sixth meet this season on Saturday.


Women's Cross Concludes Season At NCAA Regionals

This will be the seventh and final meet of the season for the Minutewomen.


Co-UMass Athletes Of The Week Go To Roa & Holmes

Karen Roa and Tyler Holmes will be honored at the Weekly Sports Luncheon on Wednesday.


Roa, In Fifth, Leads WXC At A-10's

Karen Roa was added to the A-10 All-Conference team on Saturday.


FEATURE: Roa Running Towards Her Future

The Queens Courier features senior cross country harrier Karen Roa and her success while at UMass.

10/25/11: A-10 Preview

10/3/11: Paul Short Invitational Recap

9/19/11: Minuteman Invitational Montage

9/22/10: Home Meet Montage


Distance Medley Relay; 1st (11:49.37)
4X800 Meter Relay; 2nd (9:15.10)

Steeplechase; 1st (10:46.19)

2011-12 (Senior): Cross Country: Competed in six meets as a senior ... Was named an A-10 All-Conference member ... As the first Minutewoman to do so since 2009, led the team in every single race she participated in this fall ... At the NCAA Regional Championships (11/12), placed 61st overall and first on the team in 22:14.5 ... Led UMass at the A-10 Championships (10/29), while placing fifth overall with a time of 17:37.7 and earning All-Conference recognition ... Placed tenth in the field and first on the team at the New England Championships (10/8), by registering a mark of 18:08 ... Crossing the line at 21:20, took home 42nd at the annual Paul Short Invitational (9/30) ... Clocked in at 17:36.01 at the Minuteman Invite (9/17), while placing fourth overall and first on the UMass squad ... At the season's opening race, recorded a time of 18:17.99 while placing sixth overall and first on the team.

2010-11 (Junior): Cross Country: Led the team at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships (11/14), taking 47th place out of 247 runners with a time of 21:25...Was the team's top finisher at the Atlantic 10 Championships (10/30), grabbing an 18th place overall finish with a time of 18:16...Placed second on the team and 46th overall with a time of 18:45 at the New England Championships (10/9)...Took 80th place overall and was the team's top finisher with a time of 21:56 at the Paul Short Invite (10/1)...Crossed at 18:24 at the UMass Home Meet (9/18), taking third on the team and 15th overall out of 80 total runners...At the BC Invite (9/11), placed fourth on the team and 47th overall with a time of 19:11.

2009-10 (Sophomore): Outdoor Track: Set a new school record in the 3000 meter steeplechase on three separate occasions...At the ECAC Championships, set a school record in the event by crossing at 10:46.19 and placing 20th...Qualified for the ECAC Championships in the steeplechase with a time of 10:50.10 and a fifth place finish at the A-10 Championships (5/2)...Set a qualifying mark for the New England Championships by crossing at 10:54.97 and placing eighth at the Larry Ellis Invite (4/17)...Grabbed second place in the 5000 meters (17:49.19) at the UNH Pre-Conference Meet...Qualified for the New England Championships in the 5000 meter run by winning the event with a time of 17:55.60 at the UMass Nine-Way Meet (4/10)...Indoor Track: Helped the distance medley relay set a UMass school record and helped the 4X800 meter relay team set a UMass top five all-time mark... Was a New England Championship qualifier in the mile... Was the team's top 3000 meter athlete... At the ECAC Championships (3/6), was a member of the 4X800 meter relay team that set the second fastest all-time mark at UMass (9:15.10)... At the New England Championships (2/26), placed ninth in the 3000 meters with a time of 10:10.33... Helped the distance medley squad take third place at the Atlantic 10 Championships (2/19) with a time of 11:56.36... Set a personal best of the season in the mile at the Valentine Invitational (2/12) by crossing at 5:05.73... Helped the distance medley relay squad set a UMass school record (11:49.37) at the Giegengack Invitational (2/5)... Cross Country: Had a very successful 2009 campaign... Placed in the team's top five finishers at five different meets... Nabbed a 19th place finish (20:40) out of 140 runners at the Atlantic 10 Championships (10/31)... At the New England Championships, placed seventh on the team with a time of 19:56... Set her best time of the season at the UMass Five-Way Meet (9/19) by crossing at 18:37 and placing 18th... Grabbed 14th place at the Fairfield Invite (9/12) with a time of 19:32.

2008-09 (Freshman): Indoor Track: Ranked 15th at the ECAC Championship with the DMR, posting a time of 12:19.19 ... Ran her best time in the 3000 meter at the New England Championships (2/28) where she placed eighth with a time of 10:17.91. Also at that meet, ran with the DMR squad to their best time of the season (12:04.19) for a fourth place finish ... Cross Country: Competed in six meets ... At the NCAA Regional finished the 6K in 23:35 (11/15 )... Placing 15th overall finished the 5K in 18:43 at the Atlantic 10 Championship (11/1) ... Placing 30th overall finished the 5K in 20:38 at the Albany Invitational (10/18) ... At the Paul Short Invitational finished the 6K in 22:40 (10/3) ... At home versus Maine and Vermont finished the 5K in 19:38 (9/20) ... Finished the 5K in 21:50 at the Dartmouth Invitational (9/13).

Before UMass: Three-year letterwinner for the Terriers of St. Francis Prep (N.Y.) ... Won every cross country meet she ran in high school except for one ... Ran two mile in 11:10 as a junior ... Ran 2000m steeplechase in 7:06 and the 3000m in 10:51 as a sophomore ... Also played tennis.

Personal: Born on July 5, 1990 in New York ... Daughter of Ana Rios and sister of Carlos (16) ... Majoring in Kinesiology with plans to attend medical school after college.

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