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William & Mary's Josh Hardin

2011 CAA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 10/26/2011
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RICHMOND, Va. (Oct. 27, 2011) - The 2011 CAA Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships will be hosted by Georgia State University at Nash Farm Battlefield in Hampton, Ga. on Saturday, October 29. The men's eight-kilometer race is set to begin at 10:00 a.m. with the women's six-kilometer event to follow at 11:00 a.m. The awards ceremony will conclude the championships at 12:00 p.m. Fans will be offered free admission to the competition and can find directions to the event listed below.

CAA MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP

Seven CAA squads will compete for the men's conference crown. William & Mary will once again be the favorite in this year's event as it looks to capture the CAA title for the 12th straight year. The Tribe is currently ranked fifth in the Southeast Region of the USTFCCCA Coaches' Poll.

W&M, which wrapped up its 2010 campaign with a 19th place finish at the NCAA Championships, has posted several strong team performances leading up to this year's championship meet. The Tribe placed first in the Spider Alumni Open and W&M College Meet. In the prestigious Paul Short Invitational, William & Mary placed 13th. The Tribe will be led by the top-three finishers from last year's CAA Championship, Zach Gates, Josh Hardin and Tom Burke.

Also in the mix will be George Mason, which ranks in at No. 12 in the Southeast Region of the USTFCCCA Poll. The Patriots have not finished outside of the top-three in any event this season and will feature Everett Hackett, who finished seventh in last year's event and Robert Reynolds, who has earned CAA Runner of the Week twice.

Northeastern will be led by two-time CAA Runner of the Week Eric Jenkins, as the Huskies won the Ted Owens Invitational earlier this season and placed fifth in a deep field at the New England Championship. The Huskies are ranked No. 14 in the USTFCCCA's Northeast Region.

CAA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP

A talented 10-team field is set to take center stage at the women's CAA Championship. Last year, James Madison broke William & Mary's streak of seven consecutive team titles as the Dukes captured their sixth CAA Cross Country championship.

JMU has finished first in the VMI Relays and second in their own JMU Open Invitational for a strong start to the season. Currently ranked No. 10 in the Southeast Region of the USTFCCCA Regional Rankings, the Dukes feature three top-ten finishers from last year's CAA Championship in Stacey Nobles (2nd), two-time CAA Runner of the Week Katie Harman (5th) and Katie Gorman (8th).

Georgia State is currently ranked No. 12 in the South Region in the USTFCCCA poll. Outstanding freshman Hannah Stefanoff will lead the Panther charge after being the top Georgia State finisher in every race this season. The five-time CAA Runner of the Week, Stefanoff has won three individual titles this season, including the GSU Invitational on the same course that will host the 2011 CAA Championship this Saturday.

Also in the hunt for the team title will be Towson, which holds the No. 15 ranking in the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region. The Tigers feature two-time CAA Runner of the Week, Katie Ogden, who has helped Towson to three team titles in the first three events of the season. Ogden finished 10th in last year's CAA Championship.

William & Mary will once again look to reclaim the CAA title. The Tribe comes into this year's event unranked, but has finished second twice in events this season and had a respectable 19th place finish at the Paul Short Invitational. Highlighting the Tribe charge, will be a trio of top-20 finishers from the 2010 event. Elaina Balouris took third, Kathleen Lautzenheiser finished seventh and Sara Lasker placed 18th.

 

DIRECTIONS TO NASH FARM BATTLEFIELD CROSS COUNTRY COURSE

Directions to Nash Farm Battlefield from Atlanta, GA

-          Take I-75/I-85 South to I-75 South

-          Take Exit 221, Jonesboro Road (the second Jonesboro Rd located in Henry County)

-          Turn RIGHT off the Highway and go west approximately six (6) miles

-          Nash Farm will be on your left

-          Parking is on Babbs Mill Road which runs directly beside the Farm

 

Directions to Nash Farm Battlefield from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

-          Head West on South Terminal Parkway toward Airport Blvd

-          Turn RIGHT onto Riverdale Road

-          Turn RIGHT onto the ramp to I-285 East towards Macon

-          Keep left at the fork and merge onto I-285 East

-          Take Exit 58 to merge onto I-75 South toward Macon

-          Take Exit 221, Jonesboro Road (the second Jonesboro Road located in Henry County)

-          Turn RIGHT off the Highway and go west approximately six (6) miles

-          Nash Farm will be on your left

-          Parking is on Babbs Mill Road which runs directly beside the Farm

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