Men's Cross Country Heads to A-10 Championship on Saturday
Colonials Seek First Ever Atlantic 10 Championship
Oct. 25, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's cross country team heads to Philadelphia's Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park in search of its first-ever conference title at the Atlantic 10 Championship on Saturday.
The 8,000-meter race is set to begin at approximately 10:45 a.m.
The field features a number of teams that are currently ranked in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Regional Polls.
Defending A-10 Champion La Salle is currently ranked fifth in the Mid-Atlantic Region along with Saint Joseph's (7th, Mid-Atlantic), Duquesne (8th, Mid-Atlantic) and Temple (13th, Mid-Atlantic). Other teams currently in the regional rankings include Butler (6th, Great Lakes), Dayton (15th, Great Lakes), UMass (15th, Northeast) and Richmond (13th, Southeast).
The Colonials' best finish in the conference championship meet came with consecutive fifth-place finishes in 2001 and 2002. GW's top individual finish at the event was 1994 when Eric Woronick took third place overall, followed by teammate David Sawyer in fifth place.
Last season, the Colonials finished in 13th-place at Charlotte's Frank Liske Parin in their first conference championship meet under then first-year head coach Terry Weir.
Alex Dadds (25:34 PR)- has appeared in all four races this season after an injury-plagued junior campaign. His best finish came at the SeaGull Opener (18th, 27:26). Dadds has run twice at the A-10 Championships with his best finish coming in 2009 (59th, 28:21)
Jackson Carnes (26:00 PR) - has appeared in two races this season, with his best finish coming at the George Mason Invitational (53rd, 27:28). Saturday marks Carnes' first appearance at the Atlantic 10 Championship.
John-Louis Pane (25:58 PR) - has appeared in four races this fall entering this weekend's championship meet with his best finish coming at the SeaGull Opener (14th, 27:13). Saturday will mark his A-10 Championship debut.
Tyler Gillies (27:33 PR) - finished in 109th-place overall at last season's A-10 Championship. Gillies has appeared in four races this season, highlighted by a 23rd-place finish at the SeaGull Opener.
Ryan Tucker (25:13 PR) - has been one of GW's most consistent runners this season, finishing first on the team in two events. His best finish came at the SeaGull opener, finishing 20th-overall in 27:34. Saturday is his first Atlantic 10 Championship appearance.
Kyle Ames (26:10 PR) - has appeared in four races this season, highlighted by a 17th-place (27:21) finish at the SeaGull Opener.