Cross Country: Huskies hit the road to meet Wisconsin

The University of Connecticut cross country team takes center stage at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational today. Marking their return to the flagship event for the first time since 2012, seven Huskies are expected to line up in the women’s 6K on the Thomas Zimmer XC Championship course. Featuring the nation’s top XC teams, the competition promises to be a test of the Huskies’ preparation for the Big East Championships in two weeks.

“This competition is pretty much a preview of the national championships so you want to go there to figure out where you are and learn to run with tons of talented runners and also with a lot of people around you,” the coach said. chef Lindsay Crevoiserat. .

Slipping a few spots in the national coaching poll to number 26, the Huskies will face competition from 16 of the country’s top 25 teams. Despite this, UConn considers the invitation to be a learning experience while still feeling like running with a nation-caliber domain.

“It’s easy to race with some really good teams,” said Crevoiserat. “But it’s more of a practice to run with so many teams so if we do national championships we’ll know how to get out of line with that kind of terrain and how to navigate a field that deep.”

Fully recovered from fourth place in the recent coast-to-coast battle from Beantown to Boston, the Huskies are led by program seeds Mia Nahom and Chloe Thomas, who placed 10th and 12th respectively in the Women’s Beantown Battle 5K.

“[Thomas] and Mia are a great duo, ”said Crevoiserat. “They are running really well and I think their last race was a 5K, and this one is a 6K which I think is better for our team.”

The Huskies also include Melissa Zammitti, Randi Burr, Jenna Żydanowicz and Celia Chacko, and according to coach Crevoiserat the key is to stay together and move forward.

“First of all, I think the most important thing is to believe that we belong there,” she said. “And second, we have to come out strong. Chloe and Mia must find each other, and Melissa, Randi and Celia must find each other and progress.

The meet will also feature two of UConn’s main rivals in the Grand Est, Providence and Villanova, who are ranked No.19 and No.20 respectively.

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