GW Cross Country to Run At Saturday’s A-10 Championship
Men and Women Both Carry Momentum into Conference Championship
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WHO: GW Men’s and Women’s Cross Country
WHAT: Atlantic 10 Championship | Notes
WHEN: Saturday, October 31 – 10:00 a.m. (Men’s 8K), 10:45 a.m. (Women’s 5K)
WHERE: Pole Green Park – Mechanicsville, Virginia
WATCH: Atlantic 10 Digital Network | Live Results
AT STAKE: GW’s men’s and women’s cross country teams are looking to post their respective best-ever finishes at the Atlantic 10 Championship. The men’s best finish came in 1993 when the Colonials finished fourth out of eight teams. The women’s top mark was fifth place out of 11 squads in 1997
ABOUT THE A-10 CHAMPIONSHIP: Pole Greene Park is a very flat course that should produce some fast times across both races. The A-10 Championship was last held at this course in 2013 where the men finished 11th out of 13. The women’s team did not register a team score in 2013.
SCORING FORMAT: Each team is permitted to enter 10 harriers into the race. The top five finishers will have their respective places count towards the team's total score. The sixth and seventh finishers on each team will not count towards the team score, but can be factored into the total score of any team that has its top five runners finish behind them.
RANKED IN THE REGION: The women’s team enters Saturday’s championship ranked No. 12 in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Poll. Earlier this season, the Colonials were as high as No. 10 in the Mid-Atlantic region, the highest ranking in program history.
COACH WEIR ON THE WOMEN: “Our expectations are just to continue what we have been doing all year. If we do that, we are going to place the highest we ever have at A-10s. Everyone is feeling pretty confident about that. It has been a competitive year and there are four or five teams that can do really well this weekend and we are one of those teams. The nice thing is there is no pressure on us. We were picked to finish 11th and we will finish much higher than that. Continuing what we have been doing all season is our goal."
“Macaulay Porter is definitely leading the way for us again this year. She typically starts out a little slower and then each race gets better and better and she is doing that again. Ariana North has really stepped up this year and is really coming into our own, as is Miranda DiBiasio. Lauren t’Kint and Madison Yerke complete a really tight top five for us. We have a really solid pack and likely the best one through five in the A-10.”
MEN’S OUTLOOK: For the first time this season, the Colonials will be running their full 10-man lineup in the same race. The men are enjoying a very successful season with multiple harriers setting new personal records and individuals capturing weekly awards from the Atlantic 10.
TUCKER ON TOP: Senior Ryan Tucker is enjoying his finest season at GW. He has been GW’s top finisher in all five races this season, set a new program record in the 8,000 meters (24:26) and is a two-time Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week. When he earned the award on September 26, it marked the first time since 2003 a male harrier from GW was honored. He is also just the third student-athlete in program history to earn the award two times in one season.
PREVALENT PRs: Each of GW's seven competitors set new 8,000-meter personal records at the Paul Short Invitational on Oct. 6. Two weeks later, five of those seven set or tied their personal bests at the Princeton Invitational on Oct. 17.
COACH WEIR ON THE MEN: “We have been training really hard and in these past two races, with these big fields, all of these guys have stepped up and set new PRs. They are all way better and ahead of where they have been in the past. I expect that if we run our race we are going to do pretty well. If we have a really good day we will be in the top five somewhere with potential to crack the top three."
"Ryan Tucker is having a great, breakout year. He has a fantastic shot at the Atlantic 10 Individual title. He had a great race last year at A-10s but just fell a little short in the last mile or so. That confidence that he has now has him knowing that he can run with the top guys in our region."
"We also have John-Louis Pane back this week. He has been doing great, we sat him the past few weeks so he can kick a nagging cold, and he is ready to go. Seamus Roddy has also really stepped up and coming into his own. The last couple of weeks, every time he steps on the course, he is putting up another PR."
"This will be the first time this year we have all 10 guys running so I am really looking forward to seeing what we can do.”
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