GW Women's Cross Country Takes 10th at Atlantic 10 Championships
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Senior Heather Stevens earned All-Conference honors with a 15th-place finish out of 140 runners to lead the regionally-ranked George Washington women's cross country team to 10th place at the Atlantic 10 Championships on Saturday morning at Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park.
It was GW's best showing at the conference championship meet since an eighth-place finish in 2009.
Conference newcomer Butler won both the women's and men's championships on an overcast and mild morning in Fairmount Park. The course featured two large loops around the park sandwiched around a hilly wooded portion with tight turns and uneven terrain.
Stevens earned the first All-Conference honor of her career with a career-best 15th-place finish on Saturday. She navigated the 5,000-meter course in 18:21.2, which set a new 5K personal record by 50 seconds.
She was followed by classmates Juliana Stern and Julia Weir, who followed in 45th and 52nd place, respectively. Stern finished the race in 19:00.1, while Weir was just seven seconds behind at 19:07.2.
Freshman Caroline Wolfe was next across the finish line for the Colonials, finishing in 19:46.1 for 90th place. She was followed by sophomores Katie Luker (99th, 20:07.7), Aubrey Gunnels (114th, 20:43.5), freshman Katie Bishop (123rd, 21:06.7) and sophomore Erica Halvorson (21:16.2).
The Colonials entered the event as the No. 15 ranked team in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Mid-Atlantic Regional poll, the first-ever regional ranking in program history.
Other Atlantic 10 teams that entered the race regionally ranked were defending league champion La Salle (7th, Mid-Atlantic), Duquesne (9th, Mid-Atlantic), Saint Joseph's (14th, Mid-Atlantic), Butler (6th, Great Lakes), Xavier (14th, Great Lakes), Richmond (15th, Southeast) and Saint Louis (14th, Midwest).
The Colonials return to action at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional on November 9 in State College, Pa.