2013 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Preview
Third-year W&J Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Head Coach Shawn Marek is determined to bring the program’s first Presidents’ Athletic Conference team championships to the W&J campus.
However, Marek will have a tough task at hand, replacing two-time national qualifier Scott Ryan (graduation) on the men’s side and 2012 All-American Kristen Galligan (transfer to NCAA Division I Mount St. Mary's) for the Presidents' women. Both Ryan and Galligan hold the top times in the W&J record book and became the first pair of individuals in Presidents’ history to sweep the men’s and women’s individual PAC championships last fall.
The men’s team is fairly seasoned, sporting four seniors, three juniors and two freshmen. They aim to improve upon a third-place finish in last year’s PAC Championship. Returning senior Brad Hanne and junior Thomas Marcotte rank among the top-10 personal best times in W&J history.
Seniors Alexander Mey, Anthony Bocchine and Ronald Graf are experienced runners, while juniors Joshua Makepeace and Corey Young have posted strong performances during their first two seasons.
Youth abounds on the women’s side with a roster made up of just one senior, six sophomores and two freshmen. A season ago, the Presidents notched a seventh-place finish at the conference championships. Haley Roberts is the only upper class woman for W&J and will be asked to provide a veteran voice. Marek will also count on the returning sophomore duo of Kaleigh Gallagher and Keri Reeves, who each hold a place in the top-10 personal best times in W&J history.
Sophomores Kenzie Blackmon, Nicole Kostosky, Jackie Smith and Lauren Truskey comprise the rest of the second-year runner class that Marek hopes will continue their improvement on the collegiate level.
Both squads open the regular season Sept. 7 at the Bethany Invitational.