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Team Surpasses Eight Regional Contenders at CCSU Mini Meet

Shannon McDonnell. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Shannon McDonnell. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Multiple Individual Improvements Made

NEW BRITAIN, CT.—This Friday, six Bulldogs came together to take on the 3k course at Stanley Quarter Park in the CCSU Mini Meet hosted by Central Connecticut State University. The Bulldogs earned sixth place out of 15 teams—garnering 146 points. They beat out eight regional competitors, including No. 9 Stony Brook (8th- 165 pts.), Quinnipiac (7th- 154 pts.), Central Connecticut (9th-198 pts.), Rhode Island (10th- 219 pts.), Wagner (11th- 330 pts.), St. Francis (12th- 341 pts.),  Fairfield (14th- 406 pts.), and Hartford (15th- 417 pts.). No. 1 Providence took the meet with 78 points.

Crossing the line first for the Bulldogs was senior Sarah Barry in 10:18—nabbing 5th place overall in the meet. She was followed by freshman Emily Waligurski in 10:22, earning 10th place overall, and sophomore Shannon McDonnell at 10:25 (14th place). Head Women's Cross Country Coach Amy Gosztyla called all three performances "a big step forward," adding that such improvements will be important in helping to make the team effort more competitive and cooperative at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships next week.

Sophomore Anna-Sophie Harling also showed a notable improvement over her previous performance at the Iona Meet of Champions. The 3,000-kilometer race likely came more naturally to Harling, who often competes in the 800-meter race during track season, than the 6,000-kilometer course at Iona. She crossed the line in 10:50 to finish 46th among a field of 137 runners.

Freshman Emily Barnes (71st) and junior Alyssa LaGuardia (82nd) supplemented the team effort in 11:22 and 11:40, respectively.

The full Yale women's cross-country team will reunite again on Nov. 2, when the team will be pitched against its ancient rivals in the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at West Windsor Fields in Princeton, N.J.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity