CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- All nine America East universities will compete in the 2008 America East Cross Country Championship on Saturday, November 1 at Oregon Ridge Park in Baltimore. The men’s race will begin at 10:30a.m., with the women competing at 11:30a.m. The awards ceremony will follow, beginning at 1p.m. just beyond the finish line.
Both of last year’s team champions, the New Hampshire men and the Stony Brook women, were picked to defend their titles this year according to the preseason coaches’ poll.
The Wildcats are looking to earn a three-peat, but will have to fight off the hungry Seawolves, who fell to UNH by just two points in last year’s championship and the preseason poll.
The Stony Brook women, who were nationally ranked as high as No. 12 and have spent six consecutive weeks within the top 30, are on pace to fulfill their preseason expectations.
Boston University’s Andrea Walkonen and Stony Brook’s Alex Felce, last year’s individual champions, will both be returning this year to defend their titles. Felce, this week’s America East and ECAC Performer of the Week, has made a strong push at the end of his season, placing first in the Central Connecticut State Mini-Meet this past weekend.
Walkonen, a two-time America East Performer of the Week this season, has won two individual titles in as many attempts. Her victory at the New England Championships earlier this month was her second consecutive first-place finish at the annual race.
For more information on the course and the Cross Country Championship, please follow the links below.
USTFCCCA Division I Championship Central