Megan Hogan Wins A-10 Championship, Cartica Paces Men's Squad
Oct. 31, 2009
SAINT LOUIS, MO - George Washington senior Megan Hogan won the A-10 Championship handily on Saturday morning, blowing past the field by 400 meters. She finished with a time of 18:37.8, nearly a full minute ahead of Charlotte's Amanda Goetschius who finished with a time of 19:33.3.
Hogan becomes the first Colonials runner to ever win the A-10 championships after finishing second last year to Goetschius.
"Overall I'm happy with my performance," said Hogan, who earned runner-up honors at the conference meet a season ago. "I think I can speak for everyone out here that it was really tough to dig our feet out of the mud, but it paid off. It was so tough because you are using so much more energy, which is why the times are much slower. But you can't think about times on a course like this, you just have to run the race. It's a great feeling and it was a great day."
Junior Jessica Stern also ran very strongly for the Colonials as she finished eighth overall with a time of 20:07.6 to earn A-10 All-Conference honors. Freshman Heather Stevens finished 37th overall with a time of 21:08.2 and was the third Colonial to cross the finish line. Senior Meghan Smith finished 62nd overall for the Colonials and was fourth on the squad.
The George Washington women's cross country team finished eighth overall out of 14 teams in the Championships.
On the men's side, senior Dan Cartica finished first for the Colonials after a time of 27:44.7 and 28th overall in the competition. Senior Rob Lockhart was the next Colonials men's runner to cross the finish line with a time of 28:21.4 and finished 58th overall. Freshman Alex Dadds was right behind Lockhart in 59th place in his first A-10 Championships race of his career. He finished just a second behind Lockhart with a time of 28:21.9. Junior Zach Borenstein finished 80th overall for the Colonials with a time of 28:49.
The George Washington men's cross country team finished tenth overall out of 14 teams in the Championships.
The Colonials will return to action in two weeks when they head to Princess Anne, MD on Saturday, November 14th for the NCAA Regionals. The race is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m.