In State's Capital, Women's XC Takes 13th
Oct. 8, 2011
BOSTON, Mass. - Running as a combined unit was what coach Julie LaFreniere wanted more of, and she got it on Saturday as the UMass women's cross country team placed a solid 13th in a field of 39 at the New England Championships. With 269 harriers competing, the Minutewomen scored 367 points, while in-state rival Boston College took home the top spot.
Continuing to emerge as the top harrier for UMass was Karen Roa in tenth place. The Jamaica, N.Y. native has now successfully led the Minutewomen in every race thus far in 2011 as the senior harrier crossed the line at 18:08. Trailing Roa was sophomore Sarah Barrett in 76th place with a season best time of 19:15.
Running close together for a second straight meet were Courtney Baldwin and Rachel Hilliard, who placed 80th and 99th overall, while taking third and fourth on the team respectively. At last weekend's Paul Short Invitational, Hilliard placed second for UMass while Baldwin followed in third. At Franklin Park on Saturday, the former of the duo ran a time of 19:18, while the latter followed in 19:33. The pace per mile for each was 6:12 and 6:17 respectively.
Crossing the line at 19:34, Colleen Wetherbee rounded out the top five finishers for the Minutewomen. The West Yarmouth, Mass. native took home 102nd overall.
Next on the clock for coach LaFreniere's squad is the Rothenberg Race set to take place on October 14 in Warwick, R.I.