PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph’s men’s and women’s cross country squads will head to Mechanicsville, Va. this weekend for the 2013 Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championships. Hosted by Richmond at Pole Green Park, the men’s 8k race will kick off at 10:00 a.m. while the women’s 5k race is scheduled to begin at 10:50 a.m.
This year’s Cross Country Championships will be streamed live and free of charge on the A-10 website, weather permitting. To find the stream on Saturday, please go to the A-10 Digital Network Media Player by clicking here.
For additional information including directions to Pole Green Park, course maps, and accommodations, please visit A-10 Championship Central by clicking here.
The All-Conference team for cross country consists of the top 15 finishers in both the men’s and women’s races, while the Most Outstanding Rookie award is given to the highest placing freshman in each race. Men’s cross country junior Logan Mohn and women’s cross country senior Emma Slattery were both named to their respective All-Conference teams in 2012.
"My goal is definitely different from last year," said Mohn on Wednesday. "I went into the race hoping to get in the top 20, and achieving All-Conference was really exciting. So this year the goals are a lot different. I want to hopefully be right at the front end of the group all the way through the race."
"Coming from All-Conference last year, I have a little bit of a different expectation," said Slattery on Tuesday. "I still want to run really well, but we're going in with a very team-oriented goal – a strong top-five finish – and that's what we're about to do."
Finishing second only to La Salle in this year's preseason poll, the men's squad has set its sights on its first conference championship since 2009 after posting back-to-back top-three championship finishes in 2011-12, highlighted by the silver medal last year. Mohn, one of just two returning 2012 top 10 finishers in the entire conference, posted a seventh-place overall finish last year.
The Hawks are coming off of a tremendous fourth-place team finish at Princeton in which eight of SJU’s championship-race runners set new 8k PRs. Saint Joseph’s has been led by the consistent success of senior Aaron Leskow and Mohn, as the duo have been the steady one, two punch for the Hawks in SJU's past four meets. Both Mohn, last week's A-10 Performer of the Week, and Leskow clocked in at 23:55 and were paced by a 4:49 mile two weekends ago at Princeton as the duo took seventh and eighth, respectively.
"Logan and I have been running together for the past two years," said Leskow on Wednesday. "It's been the best thing for me. It's helped me a ton. I always have someone to be there with in training, because even on the days where you're not really feeling great, he's always going to be right there with you, so you can't really give up. Going into this race, it should be a lot of fun, because hopefully it'll be the two of us, and we'll do our best...I've learned a lot the past three years and the beginning of this year, so I'm really looking forward to trying to end it on a high note and doing our best."
Redshirt senior Pat Donnelly, seniors Tom O'Kane and Michael Rankin, and freshman John Mascioli have been solid for the Hawks in the 3-6 slots this season as they have placed in SJU’s top five three times each.
"In terms of preparation, they are," said men's cross country head coach Mike Glavin. "The key for us is racing better each meet of the season every two weeks, and that seems to be coming along. We've got two guys in Mohn and Leskow that can probably run with the top of the conference, and then the qeustion is how our next three of four fare with the mid-pack of the rest of the guys in the conference. La Salle is the top. We're fighting with Duquesne and George Mason probably to see who can go after the two or who's going to be the one that gets to go after La Salle. And that's where we sit."
After an eighth-place finish at the 2012 A-10 Cross Country Championships, the women's squad, picked to finish sixth this weekend, will look to veteran experience to lead the way.
"The seniors are really special," said women's cross country head coach Kevin Quinn on Wednesday. "Lizzy Barrett coming into her own, starting last track season, and now she has grown into being one of the very top kids in the conference. Emma Slattery has been hampered by injuries and setbacks, but her almost indominable spirit is going to make her someone who is going to be a factor of our performance of our women's team. We have other seniors who are going to be counted on. We're not quite sure what they're going to be able to do, but if willingness, spirit, and attitude is enough to make you really good, then the Hawks will be really good."
Having finished first for the Hawks in all five races this season, Barrett will lead the squad into her final conference championship this weekend. Saint Joseph’s ran one 5k race, back on August 31 in the season-opening TCNJ Blue/Gold Classic, and the senior checked in with a time of 19:20.70 for a fourth-place individual finish.
"Senior year, it's my last A-10s for cross country, so I'm just going to go out and give it everything that I have," said Barrett on Tuesday. "As a team, I think that we're ready to go. All of us have put in the work since the summer, so I think we can do well as a team."
After missing two meets due to early-season injury, Slattery has bounced back to post solid back-to-back 6k times in the past month.
"As a senior, I know this is my last chance to really get to run a cross country race, and so I really want to go out on a high note, both individually and as a team," said Slattery on Tuesday. "There's nothing better than that feeling at the end of a race when everything just came together and all the triaining was really worth it. So that's all I can ask for for my last senior cross country race."
Joining Slattery in the top five on a consistent basis are sophomore Lauren Hehir and redshirt senior Erin Giampietro, while redshirt senior Maureen O'Donnell and freshman Sarah Regnault have finished in the Hawks' top five three times apiece.
|Men's Cross Country
Top 8k Season Times
|Women's Cross Country
Top 5k Season Times
|1. 23:55.00 Mohn||1. 19:20.70 Barrett|
|2. 23:55.00 Leskow||2. 19:21.05 Slattery|
|3. 24:42.00 Donnelly||3. 19:48.83 Regnault|
|4. 24:44.00 Rankin||4. 20:11.44 Chaundy|
|5. 25:09.00 O’Kane||5. 20:31.72 Hehir|
|6. 25:12.00 Mascioli||6. 20:31.92 Fuller|
|7. 25:14.00 Davis||7. 20:32.19 Doggett|
|8. 25:45.00 Daniels||8. 20:33.83 Giampietro|
|9. 25:51.00 Staltari||9. 20:39.87 Cols|
|10. 26:09.00 Cassidy||10. 20:44.56 Radzwilka|