GW Cross Country Set for Atlantic 10 Championship on Saturday
Regionally-Ranked Programs Aim for First-Ever Team Conference Titles
|Saturday, Oct. 29|
|Pole Green Park | Richmond, Va.|
|Women's 5K: 10:00 a.m. | Course Map|
Men's 8K: 10:50 a.m. | Course Map
|Atlantic 10 Championship Central|
AT STAKE: George Washington's regionally-ranked men's and women's cross country programs are looking to improve upon their respective best-ever finishes and contend for a conference title at Saturday's Atlantic 10 Championship at Pole Green Park in Richmond, Virginia.
The women's team equaled the best performance in program history last season when they finished in fifth place. The men's team's best finish came in 1993 when the Colonials finished in fourth place out of eight teams.
ABOUT THE A-10 CHAMPIONSHIP: The A-10 Championship returns to Pole Green Park for the second consecutive season and the third time in the past four years. Pole Green Park is a very flat course and, coupled with ideal weather conditions, should produce some fast times across both races.
SCORING FORMAT: Each team is permitted to enter 10 harriers into the race. The top five finishers will have their respective places count towards the team's total score. The sixth and seventh finishers on each team will not count towards the team score, but can be factored into the total score of any team that has its top five runners finish behind them.
REGIONALLY RANKED: GW's cross country programs made history last week when both teams earned regional rankings from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) at the same time for the first time in program history.
"It is great to have both the men's and women's team regionally ranked," said head coach Terry Weir. "Both teams have been putting in a lot of work and I'm happy to see they are being recognized for their efforts. The Mid-Atlantic Region has really grown into a strong region over the past five years, especially on the women's side, and to have both teams now ranked is a good indicator that the program is growing in the right direction."
The women's team is ranked No. 12 in the Women's Mid-Atlantic Region Poll, tying its highest-ever regional ranking. The men's team debuted at No. 14 in the Men's Mid-Atlantic Region, the first regional ranking in team history.
In addition to GW, seven of the 14 men's Atlantic 10 teams enter Saturday's meet with regional rankings from the USTFCCCA: Dayton (10th, Great Lakes), La Salle (7th, Mid-Atlantic), Saint Joseph's (10th, Mid-Atlantic), Duquesne (12th, Mid-Atlantic), Saint Louis (12th, Midwest), Davidson (11th, Southeast) and George Mason (12th, Southeast).
The women's team is one of just three A-10 teams to be regionally ranked, joining Dayton (13th, Great Lakes) and Duquesne (10th, Mid-Atlantic).
WOMEN'S LINEUP & A-10 HISTORY:
Name - Best A-10 Championship Time
Lauren Anderson - N/A
Halley Brown - 18:53.70 - 74th (2015)
Miranda DiBiasio - 17:43.10 - 14th (2015)
Ariana North - 17:41.40 - 12th (2015)
Macaulay Porter - 18:03.30 - 29th (2013)
Kelli Stetson - 19:05.60 - 83rd (2015)
Gabriella Vlattas - N/A
Madison Yerke - 18:12.20 - 32nd (2015)
Lesley Fatica - N/A
COACH WEIR ON THE MEN: "The men's team is having a great year. They are a tight group, even off of the track, and that is their strength while racing. We finally have a little depth and some of the young guys have been doing a great job. But it is our upperclassmen that have provided some great leadership and have really transformed the work ethic and shifted the focus on the team. I am very excited for this group of guys as we enter our championship season."
MEN'S LINEUP & A-10 HISTORY:
Name - Best A-10 Championship Time
Charles Arnold - 26:37.60 - 87th (2015)
Carter Day - 26:29.20 - 77th (2014)
Ryan DePinto - 25:46.30 - 53rd (2015)
Jon Dooling - N/A
Jordan Pantalone - 25:48.70 - 55th (2015)
Seamus Roddy - 25:44.40 - 51st (2015)
Anthony Ruiz - N/A
Trevor Sye - N/A
Andrew Weber - 25:47.80 - 54th (2015)
Colin Wills - N/A
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