Head coach Ryan Orner has high hopes for the Musketeers at this year's A-10 Championships.
Oct. 25, 2012
CINCINNATI- The Xavier men's and women's cross country teams are traveling to Philadelphia, Pa. this weekend for the A-10 Championships at Belmont Plateau at Fairmont Park. This year's host is Temple University.
Head coach Ryan Orner had this to say earlier this week about the teams' goals for Saturday: "Our goals for both the men's and women's team are rather similar for this weekend's Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championship as both teams will be racing for a top three finish and would consider a top five finish our secondary goal. On the men's side I'd like to see both Tom Ohlman and Hank Geer finish in the top 10 individually with Clare Fischer in the top 10 individually on the women's side."
The Xavier cross country teams' last meet was two weeks ago at the Pre-Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky where both the men and women had record setting performances. Ohlman had the most noteworthy record as he beat the 2008 time of 24:38 at the A-10 Championship set by Tommy Kauffmann by ten seconds with his time of 24:28.1 to become the fastest finish in the 8K in Xavier history. Junior Clare Fischer's time of 21:41.2 in the 6K landed her at 4th in the top-5 fastest times and became the first runner to break into the top-5 since 2007. Junior Abby Fischer is now 10th all-time as well after her finishing time of 22:14.5.
Other notable accomplishments: junior Nick Kobunski has shaved 30 seconds off each of his final times in the last three races, sophomore Chelsea Hoffmaster beat her personal best in the 6K by over a minute and twenty seconds, and five other runners for the women's side ran personal bests in what was considered a great opportunity and a step in the right direction for the Xavier cross country program.
At last year's A-10 Championship the men finished 8th overall while the women finished 7th overall. The top returning finisher and overall top finisher for the men was Ohlman who placed 10th out of 124 runners with a time of 24:52.3. The top returning finisher for the women was now senior captain Rachel Clark who finished 33rd out of 128 runners with a time of 18:31.4. The best ever finish for the men at the A-10's was 3rd in 2004 with 106 points. The best finish for the women was 3rd in 2007 with a score of 119 points and two top-15 finishers.