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.
The Wesleyan University women's cross country team finished 10th overall at the 2016 NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships on Saturday morning. The 10th place finish was the highest for the Cardinals since 2012.
The Wesleyan University women’s cross country team finished in 7th place at the NESCAC Championship, which was held at Colby College. Williams won the championship for the second straight year, and were followed by Tufts and Bates to round out the top three.
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 women’s cross country competed against Williams and Amherst in the Little Three Championship on Saturday afternoon, and the Cardinals runners had a strong performance overall in the 5k race.
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.
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.
Inaugurating the 2015 season in the 10th annual Wesleyan Invitational, Wesleyan swept the top five places in the field of 24 runners to make easy work of the final result. Wesleyan got the minimum 15 points, followed by Wheelock with 53, Post with 79 and Mitchell with 91. The next action for the squad will be the annual Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh Fri., Oct. 2.
The 2015 Wesleyan women’s crouss country team is a very young group of runners and only graduated Rachel Unger '15 from the 2014 squad. The 2015 team features a group without any seniors and will be led by Caroline Elmendorf ’17 (left side photo) and Molly Schassberger ’17 (right side photo). Elmendorf had a strong year of racing, completing the season with a 17:58.74 in the 5000m at the NESCAC Outdoor Track Championships. She was 46th of 387 runners during the 2014 New England Division III XC Meet, leading Wesleyan to 16th place among 57 teams. Schassberger looks to be extremely competitive in the 2015 season as well, following a 17:48.68 in the 5K during the indoor track season and a 36:56.68 in the 10K during the outdoor track season. Missing a good portion of the 2014 XC season, she returned in time to take 86th at New Englands, placing her in the top 25 percent of the field.