UMass Women's Cross Country Names Co-Captains For 2014
July 22, 2014
"Both Katie Powers and Alexandra Purdue-Smithe are tough trainers and fierce competitors," said LaFreniere, who is entering her 28th season at the helm. "They will do a great job leading the 2014 cross country harriers and I am confident they will exceed my expectations of them, on and off the field. It will be up to Katie and Alex to help preserve the team's strong bond and fearless attitude. I look forward our upcoming season."
Powers competed in all seven meets last season as a junior, scoring in four, with her top finish of the season coming at the CCSU Mini-Meet where she took second on the team and ninth overall with a time of 10:19.41 in the 3K. The native of Holbrook, Mass., is coming off an outstanding outdoor track & field season that saw her help the Minutewomen's 4x800 team to an A-10 Gold and third consecutive New England crown in the event.
Purdue-Smithe saw action in every race for UMass in 2013, scoring in all seven, while finishing in the team's top-three five times. The Sharon, Mass., native placed third on the team and 31st overall at the Atlantic 10 Championships last fall with a time of 18:05.5. She holds the fourth-fastest 10,000 meter time in the program's track and field record book, 37:23.57.
UMass will open its 2014 cross country season with the Minuteman Invitational on Sept. 13.
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