Women's Cross Country

Sarah Barrett Claims Top Spot For Minutewomen

Katie Powers continues to improve as Rachel Hilliard continues to place in the top two.

Katie Powers continues to improve as Rachel Hilliard continues to place in the top two.

Sept. 28, 2012

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - In the prestigious Paul Short Invitational the UMass women's cross country squad displayed improvement from previous weeks as they competed against 40 total squads, including some of the top teams in the country. Cornell took the crown with 55 points with College of William in second place with 102. UMass placed 34th overall but leave with a few things to be excited about.

The women's team struggled with pack running in their last meet, today the Minutewomen showed improvement with their top 7 finishing within 35 seconds of each other. Sarah Barrett took the plunge into the top spot for UMass crossing the finish line at 22:45 after placing third and fourth the previous two weeks. Barrett was followed by Rachel Hilliard in second place with a time of 22:52, and Carly Zinner who finished third at 22:53.

Barrett wasn't the only Minutewoman who showed improvement in the spotlight of the Paul Short, Katie Powers placed fourth at a time of 22:59. Powers has improved each week and should give UMass solid performances in weeks to come. Mary Cole wasn't far behind Powers, crossing the finish line at 23:17 and taking fifth. Danielle McNiff took sixth for the Minutewomen with a time of 23:18 while freshman Elizabeth Blanchard finished seventh with a time of 23:20.

With two freshmen and two sophomores in UMass' top seven and with the team making improvements each week, the future appears bright for the Minutewomen. This week the freshmen got an idea of what it was like to run in a race with 360 athletes. Next week, Coach Julie LaFreniere and her team will go back to the drawing board and begin their preparation for another large meet next Sunday, October 7 in Westfield, Massachusetts when they compete in the New England Championships.



Paul Short Invitational Top Five Finishers

1 Abbey D'Agostino, Jr: 19:58 (Dartmouth College)
2 Katie Kellner, Sr: 20:22 (Cornell University)
3 Sarah Collins, Fr: 20:23 (Providence College)
4 Rachel Sorna, Jr: 20:27 (Cornell University)
5 Elaina Balouris, Jr: 20:29 (College of William)

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