GW Cross Country Set for Season Opener on Friday
Colonials to Race at Mount St. Mary’s Duals to Open Cross Country Slate
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WASHINGTON – George Washington’s men’s and women’s cross country programs will kick of the 2015 season at the Mount St. Mary’s Duals on Friday afternoon in Emmittsburg, Maryland.
The men’s 5,000-meter race is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., followed by the women’s 5,000-meter competition at 1:30 p.m.
The Colonials will be competing against host Mount St. Mary’s, American, Delaware, Loyola (Md.), Maryland, Navy, Towson and UMBC.
GW will bring a total of 27 runners to the event, including 13 men and 14 women. The Colonials last competed at the Mount St. Mary’s Duals in 2013.
“I am very pleased with our level of fitness on both the men’s and women’s teams in these first few weeks of practice,” said Head Coach Terry Weir. “The addition of track last season allowed our student-athletes to train and compete for the full calendar year and we are starting to see the fruits of their labor this fall.”
1. Charles Arnold
2. Carter Day
3. Max Del Rio
4. Ryan DePinto
5. Noah Duell
6. Connor James
7. Jack McCabe
8. John-Louis Pane
9. Jordan Pantalone
10. Seamus Roddy
11. Chris Shaffer
12. Ryan Tucker
13. Andrew Weber
1. Lauren Anderson
2. Katie Bishop
3. Halley Brown
4. Miranda DiBiasio
5. Lesley Fatica
6. Rachael Hughen
7. Ariana North
8. Macaulay Porter
9. Brigid Prial
10. Kelli Stetson
11. Lauren t'Kint de Roodenbeke
12. Caroline Wolfe
13. Madison Yerke
14. Anna Zaccaria
Only one year into the implementation of a year-round running calendar and head coach Terry Weir is already seeing the additions of indoor and outdoor track pay dividends towards the GW cross country teams.
“There is no question that having track for a full year has made a huge impact on cross country,” said Coach Weir. “We are a developmental program and we really needed that year-round training.”
A number of student-athletes that will compete in cross country this season saw remarkable improvements in related events on the track. The success is sure to carry over into this cross country season, which begins on Friday, Sept. 4, at the Mount St. Mary’s Duals.
Both Pane (3000m steeplechase) and DiBiasio (5000m) earned All-Conference honors during outdoor track season.
“In Miranda’s case, she came in this time last year with a 19-minute 5K,” explained Coach Weir. “After indoor and outdoor track season, she ran 17:29 in the event at the A-10 Outdoor Track Championship and she ended up beating some All-Conference cross country performers in that race. Same with John Louis-Pane - he ended up All-Conference in the steeplechase and beat some All-Conference cross country performers. Last fall, he couldn’t run with those type of athletes. Now we are coming into the fall and these kids have proven to themselves that they can run with anyone in this conference.”
A massive recruiting class on both the men’s and women’s teams has added some much needed depth. The Colonials will bring a total of 27 runners to the season-opening Mount St. Mary’s Duals.
“Having track is also huge for our recruiting efforts,” said Coach Weir. “We brought in a record number of student-athletes on the women’s side and are aiming to bring in a huge men’s class for next year. If we didn’t add track, that growth would have not happened.”
Excitement around the programs is building as both teams look ahead to the upcoming season. The squads will compete in a total of six regular-season meets, including the first home meet in over a decade on Sept. 26 at the DCXC/GW Invitational in Kenilworth Park in Washington.
“This year we are partnering with Pacers Running Store with the DCXC/GW Invitational,” said Coach Weir. “It is a big meet with elementary, middle school and high school races. We are now bringing a collegiate element to that. One day we would like to host an Atlantic 10 Championship in D.C. proper, but this is a good opportunity for us to get a feel for hosting an event. It takes place during Alumni Weekend and we are also going be doing some community service and helping out during the other races. It’s a great opportunity for our local fans to come out and see what we do.”
The Atlantic 10 Championship returns to Pole Run Park in Richmond, Virginia, on Oct. 31. GW is looking to work its way back into the upper tier of the conference standings. The men’s best-ever finish was fourth place out of eight teams in 1993, while the women finished in fifth place out of 11 squads in 1997.
“We are definently going to be better this year,” said Coach Weir. “There is no doubt about that. We are talking about team goals right now and I don’t want us to have to put a limit on what we think we can do. Where are we going to place? Who knows. We have consistently been in the bottom third of the standings, but there is no doubt in my mind we are going to be better than that this year. We are in much better shape and are much more confident than in years past. I know that we will be better.”
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