Aug. 9, 2011
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - In voting conducted among the league's head coaches, the La Salle women's Cross Country team has been chosen to earn the 2011 Atlantic 10 title and win its first title since claiming six within a seven year span during 2001 - 2007.
Returning are the Explorer's top two finishers from the 2010 Championship in senior Sephanie Bearish, fifth-place, and senior Caitlin Storbeck, 10th-place.
Finishing just behind La Salle in the poll, last-year's Champion Spiders were slotted second and will rely on 2010 Coach of the Year Lori Taylor to lead the Spiders to their third title in the last four years.
Dayton, who won the title as recently as 2009, was projected to finish third after graduating two Top 10 finishers. 2011 Tournament host Charlotte is tabbed for a fourth place finish, followed by Duquesne, Saint Louis, Saint Joseph's, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Xavier and Fordham in fifth through 11th, respectively.
Tied for 12th in the poll are George Washington and Temple, followed by St. Bonaventure.
The 2011 A-10 Men and Women's Cross Country Championship will be held Oct. 29 at Frank Liske Park in Charlotte, NC.
2011 Predicted Order Of Finish (2010 A-10 finish in parentheses)
1) La Salle (2)
2) Richmond (1)
3) Dayton (3)
4) Charlotte (T5)
5) Duquesne (T5)
6) Saint Louis (4)
7) Saint Joseph's (9)
8) Rhode Island (7)
9) Massachusetts (8)
10) Xavier (10)
11) Fordham (12)
12) George Washington (11)
14) St. Bonaventure (14)
About the A-10
The Atlantic 10 Conference, formed in 1976, is comprised of 14 member institutions and sponsors 21 championship sports. The mission and goal of the Atlantic 10 is to preserve, protect, and enhance the academic and athletic pursuits of the membership. The conference is committed to integrity, educational excellence and providing quality equitable championship experiences for more than 6,000 student-athletes, coaches, and support staff. The member institutions of the Atlantic 10 are the University of Dayton, Duquesne University, Fordham University, The George Washington University, La Salle University, University of Massachusetts, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of Rhode Island, University of Richmond, St. Bonaventure University, Saint Joseph's University, Saint Louis University, Temple University, and Xavier University.