DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire cross country teams will be competing at the America East Championships in Orono, Maine on Oct. 28.  The men’s race is scheduled for 11 a.m., while the women start at noon.
    Both teams have performed well this season and are legitimate threats to win the conference championship.  The men have placed second the last two years after finishing first in the three previous years, while the women are coming off a third place finish and prepare to get back to the top for the first time since 2003.
    The two teams are coming off impressive performances at the Albany Cross Country Invitational.  The men placed first, while the women cruised to a second place finish.
    The men are lead by junior co-captain Jordan Horowitz (Evanston, Ill.) who finished third at Albany with a time of 24 minutes, 49 seconds.  Contributing to the Wildcat charge is graduate student Matthew Russell (Ogdensburg, N.Y.) who finished sixth in Albany (25:03) and junior Robert Edgerton (Cornish, N.H.) who placed 12th at Albany (25:19).
    Leading a strong core of runners for the women is junior Catherine Parker (Westford, Mass.) who had an impressive first place showing at Albany with a time of 17 minutes, 14 seconds.  Earlier in the season at the Murray Keatinge Invitational in Orono on Sept. 30, Parker finished the race in a time of 16 minutes, 53.60 seconds – the fastest time ever by a UNH woman on a 5K course.  Also running strong for the lady ‘Cats is senior co-captain Emily Mareb (Great Barrington, Mass.) who notched a sixth place finish at Albany (18:04) and freshman Ting Chin (Honk Kong, China) who finished 11th at Albany (18:13).
    The next race after the championships will be the NCAA Regional Qualifier on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in New York, N.Y.
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