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2018 Women's Cross Country Season Preview

Photo by Garret Weintrob '21
Photo by Garret Weintrob '21

SEASON OUTLOOK

Following an impressive ninth-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship meet, the Wesleyan University women's cross country team has its sights set on qualifying for the NCAA Division III Championship in 2018.

The Cardinals will begin their season on September 8th with the Little Three Championship hosted by Amherst College.

During head coach John Crooke's 19-year career at Wesleyan, the women's team has qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship three times and have placed in the top 10 for the past two seasons at the New England Regionals. Crooke welcomes new assistant coach Tom Awad this fall.

MEET THE TEAM

  • The women's squad is returning eight runners from last year and are thrilled to welcome five freshmen to the team.
  • Senior Julia Mitchell will headline the strong core of Cardinal runners this season, as she placed 40th at Regionals this past fall with a personal best time of 22:22.1 in the 6k race.
  • Rhoen Fiutak '19 enters her season holding a personal best time of 22:23.1, just one second off Mitchell's time, which will serve as good motivation for the two to push each other throughout the year.
  • Sophomore Becky Lopez-Anido had a standout first season with the Cardinals. Lopez-Anido was the highest finisher for Wesleyan at the New England Regional Championship, clocking in at 22:17.4 which was good for 37th overall and a personal best.

COACHES' THOUGHTS

"We return the top six runners from last year's ninth-place regional team. The goal is to put ourselves into a position that gives us a chance for a spot in the National Championships."