The Wesleyan University Women's Cross Country team returns a strong core of runners who will look to lead the team to a NCAA Division III Championship appearance in 2016. The Cardinals, who finished 13th at the New England Championships last season, return six seniors, two juniors and four sophomores. They will be joined by three freshmen – Hannah Gillis, Sara Pinsonault and Rosie Skovron – who will look to make an immediate impact.
Wesleyan returns a wealth of talent from last year's squad, and will be led by seniors Caroline Elmendorf and Molly Schassberger, along with sophomore Julia Mitchell. Head Coach John Crooke also expects Rhoen Fiutak '19, Christina Hebner '17 and Joie Akerson '17 to be key scorers for the team this fall.
Elmendorf, Schassberger and Fiutak all posted some of their best times of the season at the 2015 Regionals. Elmendorf finished with a time of 22:47.3, Schassberger crossed the line in 22:42.1, and Fiutak posted a mark of 23:56.2. Akerson had one of her strongest performances of her junior season at the NESCAC Championships, as she finished with a time of 24:46.6.
Crooke, who is entering his 17th season at the helm, believes that a top 5-6 placing in the region and a trip to Nationals is an attainable goal for this year's squad.