CLEVELAND, Ohio - Brandeis University senior Ally Connolly (Concord, N.H./Concord) earned second-team All-University Athletic Association honors today with a 14th-place finish at the 2009 UAA cross country championships hosted by Case Western Reserve University. She helped the Judges to a fourth-place team finish.
Connolly was the Judges' top runner for thefirst time this season, covering the six-kilometer course in24:19.47. She improved her performance at the UAA championshipsfrom 2008 by 40 places. Connolly is the Judges' first All-UAAperformer since 2006 when Camille Stevens-Rumann'07 came in 13th.
On the team front, the Brandeis women were one of fivenationally-ranked UAA squads at No. 26. With 100 points, theyfinished behind conference champions, seventh-ranked WashingtonUniversity (37 points), No. 11 Case Western Reserve (59 points) andNo. 28 NYU (73 points) and ahead of No. 32 Emory (139 points).Brandeis improved by three places over last year's seventh-placefinish and earned a spot in the top half of the UAA for the firsttime since 2002, when they finished second.
Sophomore Alyssa Pisarik (Chelmsford,Mass./Chelmsford), the team's top runner last year came in17th place with a time of 24:22.60, improving by fivepositions. Junior Grayce Selig (Narberthm,Pa./Springside School) came in 20th in a time of24:30.83. The Judges finished with five of the top 25 competitorsas junior Marie Lemay (Saco, Maine/Thornton Acad.)and sophomore Emily Bisceglia (Durham,Conn./Coginchaug) placed 24th and 25th,respectively, with times of 24:37.96 and 24:38.62.