Cross Country Gears Up For NCAA Regional Meet
Nov. 11, 2011
CINCINNATI - The Xavier cross country teams are hoping for strong performances as they travel to the NCAA Great Lakes Region Cross Country Championships held Saturday at Ottawa Park in Toldeo, Ohio.
The men will be running their first 10-kilometer of the season beginning at Noon with the women's 6-kilometer race starting at 1:15 p.m. It will be the second race of that distance this year for the women's team.
It's been two weekends since the Musketeers competed at the Atlantic 10 Championships in Charlotte where the men placed eighth behind two top 15 finishes and the women seventh place and three spots higher than previous season.
Senior Keith Albrektson and sophomore Tom Ohlman became the first pair of runners to earn All-Conference honors at the 8-kilometer race. Ohlman paced the group with his 10th place finish (24:52.3) with Albrektson in 15th (25:01.6). Both runners are expected to be in the mix at the top of the pack this weekend.
Junior Ben Foley continues to run well for the Musketeers, evidence by his 37th-place finish at the A-10 meet and junior Matt Coniglio has come on strong down the stretch. Freshmen Corey Zielinkski, Connor Buccholz, and Aaron Moore, along with sophomores Keith Schenkel and Spencer Liechty, and senior Ben Nathan will compete as well.
The men's team is looking for their second consecutive finish in the region's top 15. Last year Tommy Kauffmann led Xavier to its highest regional ranking to finish the season in school history.
Xavier's women's squad is currently ranked 15th in the region and looking to even improve upon that finish. Two weeks ago the women's team ran extremely well as a group finishing their top five runners within 22 seconds of each other.
Senior Caylin Howell once again led the women's team with her 29th-place finish. Junior Rachel Clark had her best A-10 meet and sophomore Ashley Vincent broke the top 35.
Sophomore twins Abby and Clare Fischer should also be at the top of the Xavier pack. Expect junior Calesse Cardosi and Kaitlin Price to have strong races, as well as freshmen Audrey Ramos and Chelsea Hoffmaster.
The women's team has had three top 5 team finishes this season.