GW Women's Cross Country Places Fifth at A-10 Championships
North, DiBiasio Earn All-Conference Honors on Saturday
MECHANICSVILLE, Va. - The George Washington women's cross country squad placed fifth at the 2015 Atlantic 10 Championships on Saturday morning at Richmond's Pole Green Park.
The team's fifth-place finish ties the program's best A-10 performance, matching the 1997 squad's performance. Richmond won the 5,000-meter event with 87 points, followed by Duquesne (88), La Salle (111), and Massachusetts (111). GW's 136 points bested Saint Louis (153), Saint Joseph's (156), Davidson (179), Dayton (187), Fordham (214), George Mason (237), Rhode Island (307), VCU (330) and St. Bonaventure (440).
"We're very excited, and I'm very happy with how we competed today," said Head Coach Terry Weir. "This conference has just gotten so much better over the last four or five years - it's a lot deeper now and we're a big part of that. Making a big jump from 10th place last year to fifth this year is a really good feeling."
Junior Ariana North and sophomore Miranda DiBiasio grabbed spots on the All-Conference Team with 12th and 14th-place finishes, respectively. North's time of 17:41.4 crushed her previous 5,000-meter best of 19:08.90 from last year's championships, while DiBiasio's 17:43.1 also greatly improved from last year's 18:39.9 performance, setting a new personal-record in the process.
"Today was a big breakthrough race for Ariana," said Coach Weir. "We thought she could be right up in there and be All-Conference, and got right in there and did - she hung in there and ran tough late. Miranda hung in there too, she just got beat a little bit toward the end there, but I thought it was a big race for her as well. We thought she could have that kind of race - being in the top 15."
Junior Macaulay Porter was the next Colonial to finish, placing 24th with a time of 18:04.7, followed by freshman Madison Yerke, who bested her previous personal-record by over a minute with a time of 18:12.2 to finish 32nd.
Sophomore Lauren t'Kint de Roodenbeke (18:39.1, 54th), freshman Halley Brown (18:53.7, 74th), senior Caroline Wolfe (18:53.7, 76th), and rookies Rachael Hughen (19:04.8, 83rd), Kelli Stetson (19:05.6, 85th) and Brigid Prial (19:26.9, 102nd) each posted new 5,000-meter personal-bests to round out GW's harriers in a field of 129.
"This sets a great expectation level now that we've gotten a little taste of what it's like being in the top five," said Coach Weir. "That was a goal for them and most of them return, so now they're really going to look for the next step now - looking to get into that top three and compete for a championship. Today was a big step for the program."
The Colonials return to action on Friday, Nov. 13, at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Princeton, New Jersey.
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