Women's Cross Country

Minutewomen Set To Take On New England's Best In Boston

Rachel Hilliard was awarded her first UMass Athlete of the Week Award this week.

Rachel Hilliard was awarded her first UMass Athlete of the Week Award this week.

Oct. 11, 2013

BOSTON, Mass. - After a solid race at the Paul Short Invitational, Rachel Hilliard was named UMass Co-Athlete of the Week for the first time in her collegiate career. The finish last Saturday was her third time in as many meets finishing first for the Minutewomen and she will look to continue that this Saturday in Boston at the New England Championship. The race is set for 11:00 A.M. at Franklin Park.

The Minutewomen will once again be without three of their top four freshmen with Heather MacLean, Natalie Mako and Emily Ruggiero all sitting out. However the Minutewomen have enough depth to fill in for their injuries. Going into this weekend UMass' top seven is just about the same as it was in 2012.

The team is still led by Hilliard while Katie Powers, Sarah Barrett, Carly Zinner, and Molly McMahon have all continued to improve over the course of the season with the two differences being the addition of Alexandra Purdue-Smith and Christine Davis. Last week UMass received encouraging performances from Powers and Barrett who have both improved week to week and will make a bigger impact down the stretch.

This is the team's final large race before they have a week off and then compete in the CCSU Mini-Meet in New Britain, Conn. The CCSU Mini-Meet is then the final meet before the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship.



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