DURHAM, N.H. – The men's and women's cross country teams of the University of New Hampshire are set to compete at the America East Championships Saturday, Nov. 2 at Binghamton University. The women's 5K race is set to start at 11 a.m. while the men's 8K is slated for 12 p.m.
The women's team has had a stellar 2013 campaign, most notably being crowned champions at the New England Championships on Oct. 12 held at Franklin Park (Boston, Mass.). The team also took first in a dual meet with the University of Maine (Sept. 20) and, most recently, took fourth place at the Central Connecticut State Mini Meet (Oct. 25). They have also been consistently ranked in the top-15 in the USTFCCCA Northeast Regional Poll every week of the 2013 season.
Multiple runners have also picked up America East Performer of the Week accolades, including Chelsey Serrano (Manchester, N.H.) on Sept. 24, Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vt.) on Oct. 15, and Amanda Szymanski (Londonderry, N.H.) in the final week of awards on Oct. 29. Several runners have also completed events in the top-10. Purrier has two fourth place finishes (Aug. 31 vs. Providence, Holy Cross) and at the New England Championships. Szymanski also has a pair of top-10 results with one at Maine and the other at the CCSU Mini Meet.
On the men's side, the 'Cats secured a second place finishes to begin the season (Aug. 31, Providence, Holy Cross) and again the following week at Maine. The team finished seventh at the Boston College Invitational while taking sixth place at the CCSU Mini Meet.
On the men's side, the Wildcats broke into the USTFCCCA top-15 poll on Sept. 30 and have been ranked since. On Sept. 24, Kent Harlow (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) took home the America East Performer of the Week for the men white John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) earned the accolade in back-to-back weeks (Oct. 1, 8). A host of Wildcats from the men's side have also recorded top-10 finishes, including Harlow who recorded a season-high finish of third at Maine and placed ninth in the tri-meet with Providence and Holy Cross. Tri-captain Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) most recently finished in the top-10 as the CCSU mini meet, finishing sixth. At the CCSU mini meet, the Wildcats took sixth place.
For more information on the cross country teams at the University of New Hampshire, be sure to visit www.UNHWildcats.com.