WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- The University of Delaware women’s cross country squad, which has won three team meet titles during an outstanding fall campaign, will look to keep that momentum going this weekend when the Blue Hens take part in the Colonial Athletic Association Championships Saturday at the College of William & Mary.
The women’s six-kilometer race will begin at 10 a.m. on the Eastern State Hospital Course followed by the men’s eight-kilometer competition at 11 a.m. Admission to the event is free.
Delaware, led by first-year head coach Wendy McFarlane, will enter a squad consisting of Nicole Daly, Katie Deinert, Kellye Foulke, Emily Gispert, Shannon Kelly, Alyssa Kennedy, Michelle Lambert, Lindsay Prettyman, Nicole Rittman, Katrina Steenkamer, Meredith Steenkamer, Rachel Weinberger, Francine Gebbia, Kayla Koonz, and Emma Sidoriak.
The Hens competed in five meets earlier this season, winning three of them with team titles at the Lehigh Invitational, Delaware Invitational, and the Blue & Gold Invitational hosted by Delaware. Prettyman has led the team in four of the meets, including first place finishes at Lehigh and Delaware.
Delaware placed fifth at the CAA Championships last season and enjoyed its highest finish in the CAA with a third place showing in 2001. The Hens’ top individual finish since joining the league were third place finishes by Colleen O’Brien in 2004 and 2005.
Eight teams will by vying for the 2012 CAA Women's Championship on the 6K course at Eastern State. James Madison will be looking to win its third straight title and eighth overall. William & Mary will enter the race as the favorite to win its 18th CAA title after ranking No. 18 in the latest USTFCCCA National Poll as well as No. 2 in the Southeast Region rankings. Delaware holds the No. 11 ranking in the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region.
Five CAA squads will tackle the course in pursuit of the men's conference championship. William & Mary enters the event as the favorite as it looks to win its 13th straight CAA title. The Tribe currently ranks fifth in the Southeast Region of the USTFCCCA Coaches' Poll, and has been ranked as high as 23rd in the national polls.