No. 18 Tribe Heads to Princeton for First Major Meet
Updated: Monday 10/02/2015 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The No. 18 William & Mary women's cross country team opens up the regular season this week, traveling to the Princeton inter-Regional on Saturday morning.  The 6K women's race will run on the West Windsor Fields beginning at 11:30 a.m.

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Scouting the Tribe
W&M is undefeated so far this season with an 8-0 mark in the two pre-season meets.  Favored to at least challenge for the win are the pair of Regan Rome (Dallas, Pa.) and Emily Stites (Wyoming, Ohio).  Rome was the winner at the home meet two weeks ago, and is in better shape than she was a year ago when she was the CAA Rookie of the Year.  Stites, meanwhile, is considered a national contender as she enters her final year with seven All-America honors.  Last fall, she only raced twice including a 36th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, and went on to take third in the 10,000m outdoors.

Also expected to show well is sophomore Molly Breidenbaugh (Mechanicsville, Va.), who was third at the home meet, and a pair of seniors making their "serious" debuts.  Meghan McGovern (North Wales, Pa.) ran at the CNU Relays at the start of September, but skipped the home meet to train.  She is a two-time All-Region runner, and has run at the NCAA Championships all three years so far.  Classmate Carolyn Hennessey (Herndon, Va.) is the reigning CAA Runner of the Year and the Southeast Region Runner-Up from last fall.  She hasn't raced yet this season, and will be using this race as a gauge of her fitness heading into the late fall.

Princeton Roster
Molly Applegate (R-So.) 6th at W&M (team #4)
Hope Bloxom (Fr.) First in-uniform race; ran 13th unattached at W&M
Molly Breidenbaugh (So.) 3rd at W&M (team #3), teamed with Gordon for fifth at the CNU XC Opener
Deirdre Casey (Fr.) First in-uniform race
Leanna Eisenman (Sr.) 7th at W&M (team #5), teamed with Stites for the win at the CNU XC Opener
Becca Eudailey (Sr.) 10th at W&M (team #6), teamed with Rome for second at the CNU XC Opener
Audrey Gordon (So.) 21st at W&M (team #7), team with Breidenbaugh for fifth at the CNU XC Opener
Carolyn Hennessey (R-Sr.) Season Debut; 2014 CAA Champion and Runner of the Year, 2014 Southeast Region Runner-up
Meghan McGovern (Sr.) Teamed with Felicia Hammer for sixth at the CNU XC Opener; two-time All-Region runner
Rachel Rabbitt (R-So.) 24th at W&M (team #9)
Regan Rome (So.) Winner at W&M, teamed with Eudailey for second at the CNU XC Opener; 2014 CAA Rookie of the Year, 2015 Team USA Cross Country at Edinburgh
Emily Stites (Sr.) 2nd at W&M (team #2), teamed with Eisenman for the win at the CNU XC Opener; Seven-time All-American, 36th at 2014 NCAA Cross Country

Scouting the Field
At Princeton, the Tribe is favored to win over the 12-team field that includes five teams either nationally ranked or receiving votes.  Only two teams aren't at least regionally ranked in the field, that includes No. 21 North Carolina, No. 25 Villanova, and No. 28 Princeton.

Princeton Teams
#18 William & Mary #21 North Carolina #25 Villanova
#28 Princeton RV Columbia GL #6 Indiana
MA #8 Duquesne SE #8 Wake Forest SE #10 Duke
MA #13 Monmouth St. John's Virginia Tech

28th Massey Cancer Center 5K Run and Walk
W&M will be hosting the 28th annual Massey Cancer Center 5K Run and Walk on Friday, Nov. 6.  The race will begin and end at Zable Stadium on the historic W&M campus, and kick off at 5:15 p.m.  The event has raised over $150,000 in funds for the Massey Cancer Center at MCV over the years, including $45,000 in the last two years alone.  Registration is free, but a suggested donation of at least $75 is requested.  To register or to donate, please visit http://massey5k.weebly.com/.

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