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Women, men eye return to nationals

George Jones

Issue date: 8/28/09 Section: Cross Country
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2008 was a banner season for both the men's and women's cross country teams. The women made their third-straight trip to the national championships, finishing 16th, while the men also went to nationals and finished 29th. Both teams look to have similar seasons this year despite the graduation of several key runners.

The women's team lost two top runners from last year in Kristen Bowhers and All-American Britta Kumley. Bowhers was one of the leaders all year, finishing in the overall top ten of nearly every meet she competed. Kumley was consistently good as well and finished 34th in the national championships to secure All-America status.

"The value of an All-American and the value of Kristen being a leader on the team since her freshman year, those are two big holes to fill," said coach Kathy Lanese.

They do return several key members, including junior All-American Justine Jeroski, who didn't finish worse than seventh in a race all last season, then finished 28th in the national championships to gain All-America status.

Senior captains Elaine Simpson and Colleen Heffernan, along with junior Andrea Fischione, are also key returners. "They were all on the national team last year, so every one of these girls is valuable," said Lanese.

Despite the depth on the womens' side, Lanese sees places for new runners to step in. Incoming freshmen include accomplished runners from high school such as Corey Bowen and Megan Milne.

The men's team lost four key seniors, including top runner Dominic Smith, who won three races and finished 93rd at the national championships.

"These were the guys that allowed us to get our national bid," said Lanese. "We'll definitely miss the strength up front for the last three years."

"We lost a lot of seasoned seniors, but I know that we have the talent to perform as well and better than before," said senior co-captain Mike Vaughn.

Like the women's team, the men's team has several returners that may step up. Junior Ethan Kleinbaum is the most consistent returner from last year, and he improved his times throughout last season. Co-captains Vaughn and junior Mark Grogan both also figure to play key roles on the 2009 team. "All three guys had phenomenal track seasons, which is a good measure of where they'll be for cross country," said Lanese.
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