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, November 2. This year’s championships will be hosted by the University of Richmond.
This year’s Cross Country Championships will be streamed live and free of charge on the A-10 Digital Network, weather permitting. To find the stream on Saturday, please go to the A-10 Digital Network Media Player by clicking here.
The Men’s Cross Country Championship (8k race) will begin at 10:00 AM and will be immediately followed by the Women’s Championship (5k) beginning at 10:50 AM.
Vying for the Men’s title is the A-10 preseason favorite, La Salle. The Explorers are looking to win their second A-10 Championship in the last three years and eighth overall conference title in the last 13 seasons. The Explorers most recently won back in 2011 in Coach Dan Ireland’s first season at the helm. Coming off a third place finish in last year’s championship, the Explorers are led by returning seniors Vince Perozze, Jimmy Murphy and Nico Greco.
Also in hot pursuit of the 2013 Men’s Championship is 2012 runner-up Saint Joseph’s. The Hawks have set their sights on their first conference championship since 2009 after posting consecutive top-three championship finishes. Junior Logan Mohn, one of two returning 2012 top 10 finishers, returns to lead the Hawks after posting a seventh-place overall finish last year.
Joining La Salle and Saint Joseph’s in search of the Conference title are Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, George Mason, George Washington, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Saint Louis and VCU.
The Richmond women hope preseason predictions hold true as they attempt to bring home the 2013 A-10 Women’s Cross Country Championship and capture their first title since 2010. The A-10 preseason favorite is led by three-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference Cross Country performer and senior Jill Prentice. Prentice is coming off a third-place finish in last year’s championship after previously winning the women’s race in 2011. A victory would mark Richmond’s third title in the last six seasons.
Despite losing three top-12 championship finishers from last year’s squad, La Salle enters this year’s championship as a strong threat to improve upon last year’s second place finish. Leading the way for the Explorers are seniors Michelle Capozzi and Anne Areias.
Battling Richmond and La Salle for league supremacy is Duquesne. The Dukes, coming off a team victory at the 25-team field Princeton Invitational, look to make some noise and improve upon last year’s seventh place championship finish. The Dukes were ranked fourth in the A-10 preseason poll.
Also contending for the women’s title are Dayton, Fordham, George Mason, George Washington, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis and VCU.