NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Atlantic 10 Conference will hold its first two championships of the season this weekend with the running of the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville, Va., on Saturday, October 29. This year’s races will be hosted by the University of Richmond.
The Cross Country Championships will be streamed live and free of charge on the A-10 Network, weather permitting. Click here to watch the stream on Saturday on the A-10 Network.
The 2016 Championships mark the 39th annual men’s conference meet and the 28th annual women’s conference meet. The Women’s Cross Country Championship (5K) will begin at 10:00 AM and will be immediately followed by the Men’s Championship (five-mile race) beginning at 10:50 AM.
Vying for the men’s title is A-10 preseason favorite and defending champion, Saint Joseph’s. The Hawks, currently ranked 10th in the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Regional Rankings, are led by three top-30 performers from last year’s championship in seniors Jimmy Daniels (fifth place) and Dan Savage (22nd place) and junior David Dorsey (30th place).
Also in hot pursuit of the men’s title is 2015 third-place finisher, Davidson. The Wildcats, are currently ranked 11th in the USTFCCCA Southeast Rankings and are in search of their first A-10 title. Davidson is led by senior Will Brewster, who is coming off a ninth-place finish in last year’s championship.
Also contending for this year’s title is Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, George Mason, George Washington, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Saint Louis and VCU.
Richmond, the defending A-10 champions, will look to win their second women’s title in as many years. Leading the way for the Spiders are two top-20 performers from last year’s championship in juniors Courtney Thompson (11th place) and Amanda Corbosiero (16th place).
Duquesne women are looking to bring home their third A-10 title in the last four years, after previously winning the 2013 and 2014 championships. The Dukes return two top-10 finishers from last year’s championship including junior Jenny Delsignore (sixth place) and senior Valerie Palermo (9thplace).
Also in pursuit of this year’s championship is Massachusetts, who was selected third in the preseason poll and finished tied for third at the 2015 championship, and La Salle. The Explorers are led by two-time individual champion, junior Morgan Szekely. Szekely concluded her 2015 season finishing 45th out of a field of 254 runners with a time of 20:29.8 (6K) at the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championships.
Joining those four squads in search of the women’s title are Davidson, Dayton, Fordham, George Mason, George Washington, Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis and VCU.
For additional information including directions to Pole Green Park, course maps and live results, please visit the 2016 Cross Country Championships Central.