The Wesleyan University men's and women's cross country teams have received 2016 All-Academic Team honors, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), while Will Dudek '17 and Tate Knight ’18 of the men’s team, and Caroline Elmendorf ’17, Rhoen Fiutak ’19, Julia Mitchell ’19 and Molly Schassberger '17 of the women’s team garnered All-Academic Individual praise. Head Coach John Crooke’s squads have earned academic All-American praise in each of his 17 seasons at the helm.
Louisville, Ky. - Senior Will Dudek of the Wesleyan University men’s cross country team took part in the 2016 NCAA Division III Individual Championship, which were held at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park. His time of 25:06.3 was good enough for 49th place out of a field which featured 278 runners.
Wesleyan University men’s cross country senior Will Dudek was named a Second Team All-Conference selection, as announced by the league office Tuesday. This is Dudek’s first all-conference award of his career.
The Wesleyan University men’s cross country team finished in 10th place overall in the NESCAC Championship, which was held on the campus of Colby College. Williams won the championship for the fourth consecutive year, and were followed by Amherst in second place while Middlebury and Tufts tied for third place.
The Wesleyan University men’s and women’s cross country teams will travel to Waterville, Maine this Saturday, October 29th to compete in the 2016 NESCAC Cross Country Championships, hosted by Colby College.
The Wesleyan University men’s cross country team hosted the Little Three Championship with rivals Williams and Amherst on Saturday, and the Cardinals runners had a strong performance overall on the day.
The Wesleyan University Men’s Cross Country team finished 11th in the country in 2015, and fourth in the New England region. The Cardinals’ 11th place finish at the NCAA Division III National Championships was the best in program history.
Earlier today, the Wesleyan's men's cross country team competed in the Division III National Championships, hosted by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The Midwestern snowstorm stayed to our south, and the course at Lake Breeze Golf Club was in good shape, with solid, even footing over most of the course. Temperatures were in the low 30's, and the wind was relatively light.
On Saturday, November 14th, the Wesleyan cross country team competed in the New England Regional championships. Connecticut College hosted the meet, which took place at Harkness Park in Waterford, CT. The park sits right on the Long Island Sound, and the runners could feel the strong winds off the water on much of the course. With clear skies and temperatures in the mid-40’s, it wasn’t a bad day for a November cross country meet.
A small group of Wesleyan cross country runners traveled to Williamstown, MA on Saturday, November 7th, for the ECAC Championships. The NESCAC schools, including Wesleyan, generally rest their top seven runners this weekend and send their sub-varsity teams to compete at ECAC’s, but most other schools send their varsity squads. It was a breezy, overcast morning at Mount Greylock high school, with temperatures in the 50’s.
Wesleyan University hosted the 2015 NESCAC Cross Country Championships on Saturday, October 31. After such a dry fall, the home course at Long Lane Farm was in great shape, and the runners were welcomed with clear skies, temperatures in the 50’s, and very little wind. As usual, the race for the conference title would be extremely competitive, with multiple nationally ranked teams competing. The women’s race included national #2 Williams, #4 Tufts, and #7 Middlebury, while the men’s race included #2 Williams, #5 Amherst, #19 Bates, #29 Wesleyan, and #31 Tufts.
Capturing the top seven spots in a field of 33 runners, and pushing 11 runners over the tape among the top 12 finishers, Wesleyan had little difficulty claiming the top spot as a team in the 10th annual Wesleyan Invitational. Reid Hawkins '17 came in 2.5 seconds ahead of Taylor Titcomb '16 to grab first place in the four-mile race. Rounding the final turn in the photo on his way to third place was Will Dudek '17 15 seconds off the winning pace. Completing Wesleyan's top seven in order were Tate Knight '18, Eric Arsenault '17, Keith Conway '16 and Shota Nakamura '19.
The Wesleyan men’s cross country team graduated its top runner from the 2014 season and will certainly miss Evan Bieder '15, who was an NCAA Division III outdoor track qualifier in the 5k. But the Cardinals return the remainder of the team for the 2015 season. Last year's squad had a solid season, placing 14th of 40 teams in the Paul Short Run at Lehigh, eighth of 11 in the ultra-competitive NESCAC and 10th of 54 in the New England Division III Meet. Eight of the top 10 teams in the region were NESCAC squads including team champion Colby and runner-up Amherst.