2016 women's cross country outlook

2016 women's cross country outlook

COLCHESTER, Vt. – The Saint Michael's College women's cross country team returns five of its regular scorers from 2015, while three other student-athletes that scored during at least two meets are among 14 harriers that are back. Meanwhile, 13 newcomers include 11 first-years, which is believed to be a school record.

COACHING STAFF
Head Coach:
Molly Peters (11th Year)

LAST YEAR
Northeast-10 Conference Championship:
15th/15
NCAA East Regional Championship: 23rd/30

THIS YEAR
Returners:
14
Newcomers (first-years): 13 (11)

FAST FACTS
11 first-years are believed to be a program record, and match the size of the entire team during Peters' first year with the squad in 2006 ... five of the seven Purple Knights to run at the 2015 NCAA East Regional Championship set 6K personal records during the race ... the Purple and Gold placed third at two meets last fall ... Saint Michael's finished among top five at three of past five NE-10 Championships.

KEY DATES
Saint Michael's will run on consecutive weekends only once this year, with the schedule otherwise set up for one race every two weeks ... the Purple Knights open the season on Sunday at Saint Anselm College's Shacklette Invitational ... on Sept. 30, the Vermont Intercollegiate Championship occurs on the Saint Michael's campus for the first time since 2011 ... the NE-10 Championship takes place on Oct. 22 at Stonehill College before the NCAA East Regional Championship is Nov. 5 in Contoocook, N.H., for the second straight year. Qualifiers head to the NCAA Championship on Nov. 19 in Saint Leo, Fla.

[ Roush and Bergwall talk about 2016 ]

SENIORS (6)

  • Hallie Bergwall (Lebanon, N.H./Lebanon) | captain | competed in six races
  • Alison Bourgeois (Georgia, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans) | competed in seven races, scoring in final three
  • Kristine McLarney (Lawrence, Mass./Central Catholic) | competed in five races
  • Molly Roush (Rouses Point, N.Y./Northeastern Clinton Central School) | captain | among team's top two finishers at all seven races, taking top spot three times | ran at 2014 NCAA Championship
  • Julia Snyder (Fairfax, Vt./BFA-Fairfax) | studied abroad last fall
  • Katrina Wiesner (Bow, N.H./Bow) | ran in six races

JUNIORS (2)

  • Leah Seften (Bolton, Conn./Bolton) | competed in six races, including scoring in two
  • Roxy Withers (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) | among team's top five finishers at all seven races during first season of college running

SOPHOMORES (8)

  • Emily Calder (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton) | one of team's top two finishers at all seven races, including taking first spot four times
  • Megan Chan (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Scarsdale) | first season of college running in 2016
  • Ellen Emers (East Hardwick, Vt./Hazen Union) | among team's top six runners at all seven races
  • Kara Hettinger (Lindenhurst, Ill./Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) | competed at all six races
  • Caitlin Holmquist (Gray, Maine/Gray-New Gloucester) | did not run in any races
  • Emily Kopacz (Windsor, Conn./Windsor) | team's third finisher at all five of her races
  • Riley Mitiguy (Shelburne, Vt./Rice Memorial) | first season of college running in 2016 | member of Saint Michael's women's soccer team last year
  • Kristen Stec (Carmel, N.Y./Carmel) | ran in all seven races, and scored points in final two

FIRST-YEARS (11)