WXC National Title Up for Grabs on Monday
Nov. 18, 2011
Chestnut Hill, Mass. – The 18th-ranked Boston College women’s cross country team will compete in the NCAA Championship on Monday, Nov. 21, in Terre Haute, Ind. The national title run is hosted by the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center on the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course for the second straight year. The men’s race is slated for a 12:08 p.m. (EST) start time, with the women’s to follow at approximately 12:58 p.m.
Admission to Wabash Valley FSC is five dollars. Fans unable to attend are invited to watch a live webcast through ncaa.com. (Link will be made active shortly before start time)
Boston College is making its sixth appearance in seven seasons, and 16th overall, at the NCAA Championship. Last season, the BC went from unranked to a 19th place showing in Terre Haute.
Four Eagles will run at LaVern Gibson again this season: graduate Hope Krause, senior Jillian King and juniors Elizabeth O’Brien and Allison Stasiuk. King will be conducting her third run in the national meet, as the Scotia, N.Y., native qualified individually as a sophomore.
The Eagles roster has been energized by the emergence of juniors Bridget Dahlberg and Moira Kenny, as well as freshmen Liv Westphal and Brittany Winslow. Dahlberg has finished first for BC in three meets this season and Westphal has scored second in the previous two contests. Boston College took second in the regional and conference championship this season, both improvements over the 2010 campaign.
Since 1997, 10 Eagles have earned 15 All-American accolades. Caroline King was the last to do so with a 30th place finish in the 2010.
BC’s best team finish was fourth place on 214 points in 2000, while Angie Graham’s third place showing as a senior in 1997 remains the best individual performance for the Maroon and Gold. By class: Graham’s 34th place outing in 1998 is best by a BC graduate student; Maggie Guiney took 10th as a junior (2001) and 13th as a sophomore (2000); and Maria Cicero finished in 16th as a freshman in 2001.
Boston College is joined by ACC rivals No. 1 Florida State, No. 19 Virginia and No. 20 NC State. No. 12 Syracuse is the only other Northeast Regional companion. To view the complete field, click here.
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