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2010 UAA cross country championship preview

Ben Yavitt

Issue date: 10/29/10 Section: Sports
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Brandeis University

After being in the top 10 in the national rankings for most of the season, the men's team has hit hard times in the past few weeks. The No. 25-ranked squad has not raced much this season, riding on their reputation for the ranking. Led by the experienced senior Paul Norton, who finished 2nd at the UAA Championships last year, the Brandeis men's team is expected to finish in the top four of the conference.

The women's team has also raced conservatively this season. With only two full races under their belt, the women Judges come into the championships unranked nationally. Senior Grayce Selig has run very well the past few weeks, and could be pushing for a top-five finish individually. From previous performances, it is apparent that the women's team overall won't be threatening their UAA rivals for a place on the podium.

Runners to watch: senior's Paul Norton and Grayce Selig



Case Western Reserve University

The CWRU men's squad is ready for redemption. After a last-place finish at the conference meet last year on home turf, the Spartans are ready to show that they can compete in the conference, The men's team comes into tomorrows race ranked No. 30 in the nation. The Spartans need to keep an eye out for Brandeis and Rochester's runners as they compete to finish in the top four. The Spartans thrive on tough hills, a skill CWRU will use to last year's debacle.

The women are coming off of a second-place finish at last years meet. They expect to be right back where they left off. The Lady Spartans are one of the higher-ranked teams in the conference, at No. 15 in the nation. Junior Natalia Cabrera and senior Justine Jeroski have posted some of the fastest times in the UAA this season. Expect CWRU to reach the podium, though they face tough competition against last year's champs, Washington University, and the highly-ranked Chicago Maroons.

Runners to watch: sophomore Chris Kelly and junior Natalia Cabrera
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