Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams Set to Compete in New England Championships
Oct. 5, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass cross country teams will head to Boston this Saturday to compete in the New England Championships at Franklin Park. Both the men's and women's teams are coming off impressive finishes at the Paul Short Invitational last weekend. There will be over 40 teams competing this Saturday in Boston and both the men's and women's teams will look to improve their finishes from last year.
UMass will look to veteran junior Jesse Regnier (Hampden, Mass), to repeat his strong performance from last year and guide the team through the finish line. Regnier was the team's first finisher in this event last year, as he finished 13th overall and the team took eighth place in the meet. Freshman Jeff Hill (Blackstone, Mass.) and sophomore Daniel Barry (Sheffield, Mass.) will also be expected to lead the pack on Saturday. Hill has been the first Minuteman to cross the finish line in the team's last two competitions, and his only two races of the season. Hill, along with teammates Barry and Jonathan Pierce (Hanover, Mass.) led the Minutemen to an 11th place finish last weekend, and though none of them have been to the Championships before, the No. 10 team in New England will look to these three underclassmen to join Regnier at the top on Saturday.
The women's team will also be competing in Boston on Saturday and will be looking to senior captain Christina Derosa (Sound Beach, N.Y.) to lead UMass which is ranked 18th in New England. DeRosa finished first for the Minutewomen and 21st of 409 runners overall last weekend in Pennsylvania. DeRosa will look to improve on her 32nd-place finish in last year's race, and continue to be the top finisher for UMass as she has been in every race of her career.
DeRosa is followed closest by red shirt freshman Shiyi Zan (Ottawa, Ontario) who was the second Minutewoman to cross the finish line last weekend, finishing within just two minutes of the senior leader. Zan, who has been UMass' solid number two runner this season, along with freshmen Lauren Stocker (Westfield, Mass.) and Kristin Darling (Miller Place, N.Y.) will look to continue their successes this weekend and remain as top finishers for the Minutewomen.
Both the men's and women's teams will be looking for solid performances this weekend to continue climbing the polls. The race will take place at Boston's Franklin Park. The women's varsity race will begin at Noon, and the men's varsity will begin at 1:30 p.m.
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