Regionally Ranked GW Women's Cross Country Races in A-10 Championship on Saturday
Oct. 25, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's cross country team seeks its first-ever Atlantic 10 Team Championship at this weekend's conference championship meet at Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.
The 5,000-meter race is set to begin at approximately 10:00 a.m.
The Colonials are currently ranked No. 15 in the latest 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 currently regionally ranked are defending A-10 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).
Last season, the Colonials finished in 13th-place at Charlotte's Frank Liske Park in their first conference championship meet under then first-year head coach Terry Weir. GW's best finish at the Atlantic 10 championship came in 1997 when the Colonials finished in fifth place.
Alumnae Megan Hogan ('09) is a two-time Atlantic 10 Individual Champion (2009, 2010) and owns the fastest time in Championship history when she set a record in 16:56 at Pittsburgh's Schenley Park in 2010.
Fans can follow the @GWCrossCountry Twitter account for live updates throughout the event.
Heather Stevens (19:11 PR) - has been GW's most consistent runner this season with two top-15 finishes, including coming in third overall at Salisbury's SeaGull Opener in September. Saturday will be her third appearance at the A-10 Championships. Her best finish at the conference meet came in 2010 (64th, 19:11).
Julia Weir (19:05 PR) - has the most A-10 Championship experience on the roster. Her best finish at the event came last year (64th, 19:05). Weir has been consistent this season, running to three consecutive 14th-place finishes to open the season. Her best meet was the 6,000-meter SeaGull Opener (14th, 23:23).
Juliana Stern (22:31 PR) - Has rebounded from missing the last two seasons due to injury by appearing in all four races this season. Her best finish came at the SeaGull Opener (6th, 23:03), but she also ran well at the George Mason Invite (22nd, 23:54). Stern appeared in her only A-10 Championship meet in her freshman season (145th, 25:12).
Kathryn Luker (20:54 PR) - Has evolved into a consistent harrier for the Colonials following a strong freshman season. Luker has appeared in all four races this season and finished in 120th-place (20:54) at last season's A-10 championship.
Erica Halvorson (20:24 PR) - The most experienced sophomore on the roster, Halvorson has appeared in every race since arriving on campus as a freshman last year. Her best finish this season came at the SeaGull Opener (48th, 24:43). Last season, she finished in 124th-place (21:31) at the A-10 Championship.
Aubrey Gunnels (24:05 PR) - Has appeared in all four races in her sophomore season, highlighted by a 48th-place finish at the SeaGull Opener. Saturday marks her first career appearance at the conference championship.
Katie Bishop (24:14 PR) - A consistent performer in her debut season, Bishop has started in all four races and notched a 30th-place finish (24:14) in her collegiate debut at the SeaGull Opener.
Caroline Wolfe (23:03 PR) - Has impressed in her freshman season with two top-15 finishes, including a seventh-place showing (23:03) at the SeaGull Opener. Figures to be among GW's top finishers at her first A-10 Championship race.