Blue Hen Women Harriers Set to Compete at CAA Championships Saturday at UNC Wilmington
October 29, 2010
Photo by Mark Campbell
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The University of Delaware men’s and women’s cross country teams will be looking for top finishes on Saturday as the Blue Hens take part in the Colonial Athletic Association Cross Country Championships on the campus of UNC Wilmington.
The women’s six-kilometer race is set to begin at 10 a.m. with the men’s eight-kilometer event to follow at 11 a.m. Admission to the event is free.
Head coach Jim Fischer’s men’s squad, currently No. 11 spot in the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region rankings, has captured two meet team titles this season, having won both the Delaware Invitational and the Blue & Gold Invitational at White Clay Creek State Park. The UD women have posted three top 10 team finishes this fall and are coming off the team title at the Blue & Gold Invitational two weeks ago.
Both squads will be looking to improve upon last season’s finishes when the Blue Hen men placed third and the UD women posted a fourth place showing. The Delaware men have finished an all-time CAA best third four times in the last nine years while the women have finished fourth four times in the last five seasons. The Blue Hen women posted their best CAA finish in 2001 when the Hens finished third.
The Delaware men will be led by senior Steve Vincent and juniors Andy Weaver and Nate Parmenter. Vincent has led the team twice this season, winning the Delaware Invitational title on Sept. 18, while Weaver finished second overall at the Blue & Gold Invitational on Oct. 16. Vincent placed 14th at the CAA Championships last season while Parmenter was 16th.
The Blue Hen women will be paced by senior Jen Watunya, junior Jessie Ermak, and sophomore Katy Loughran. Loughran has led the Blue Hens three times this season, placing third at the Blue & Gold Invitational and fourth at the Delaware Invitational while Ermak posted a ninth place finish in her first competition of the season at the Blue & Gold. Ermak is the team’s top returning CAA finisher from last season when she posted a 17th place finish.
William & Mary, currently ranked No. 20 nationally, is the 10-time defending men’s CAA team champion with Tribe senior Brian Sklodowski the defending individual champion.
On the women’s side, William & Mary is the six-time defending champion with James Madison having finished as runner-up five times in the last six campaigns. James Madison’s Alison Parris is the top returning individual finisher having placed third a year ago.Back To Women's Cross Country Home Women's Cross Country Story Archive