NCAA Northeast Regionals On The Horizon For WXC
Nov. 14, 2013
BRONX, N.Y. - The UMass women's cross country team enters the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship battle tested as they are coming off a fifth place finish in the A-10 Championship despite three key injuries. If the Minutewomen fall short of qualifying for the NCAA Championship this will be the team's final meet of the 2013 season.
Two weeks ago in Richmond, Va. the women's cross country team finished fifth in the conference after being predicted by the A-10 to finish eighth in the meet. The team has been able to find success despite the loss of Heather MacLean, Emily Ruggiero and Natalie Mako.
UMass' upperclassmen have stepped up in order to continue the team's success with four of the scoring five being juniors or seniors at the A-10 Championship. Rachel Hilliard has led the Minutewomen in five-of-six meets this season. Alexandra-Purdue Smithe has been consistent in the top three while Katie Powers and Sarah Barrett have continued to improve throughout the season and place in the top five.
Freshman Christine Davis has been this year's standout newcomer as one of the few freshmen to avoid injury in her first collegiate season. Davis has been automatic in the top three, constantly running with the talented upperclassmen. She has been joined by fellow underclassmen and last year's freshmen standouts Carly Zinner and Molly McMahon who have improved throughout the season to fill in the top seven.
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