Hempstead, NY - The Hofstra Women's Cross Country team heads south to the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association Cross Country Championships on Saturday, October 29 at the Nash Farm Battlefield Park in Hampton, Georgia. The women's 6K race begins at 11 a.m.
The Panthers of Georgia State University will host the CAA's 28th women's championship this Saturday as 10 teams will be competing on the women's side with James looking to repeat as champions after William and Mary had won the previous seven consecutive championships.
The Pride women, who posted their best CAA finish in 2003 placing third, will be looking for their best outing of the season on Saturday. Hofstra placed ninth (2008) or tenth (2009 and 2010) in the past three conference championships after six consecutive seasons of seventh place or better finishes. The Pride will be returning six runners to this year's 10-team, CAA Championship who competed in last year's conference meet.
Hofstra has enjoyed five different leading runners in its meets this season. In the two 6K races, senior Meghan McCloskey placed 91st in 25:00 in the Pride's season opening Iona Meet of Champions meet. Junior Cara Mattson placed 206th in 25:17 at the Penn State National on October 14. Senior Brittany Rose led the Pride in the 5K Metropolitan Conference Championships in 19:49 on October 7. Hofstra's best individual finish at the CAA Championships came in 2005 when Mary Sullivan placed second in 21:11.
William and Mary (15) and James Madison (6) have captured all of the CAA titles since 1990. JMU, currently ranked No. 10 in the Southeast Region of the USTFCCCA Regional Rankings, features three top-ten finishers from last year's CAA Championship in Stacey Nobles (second), two-time CAA Runner of the Week Katie Harman (fifth) and Katie Gorman (eighth).
Georgia State, which is currently ranked No. 12 in the South Region in the USTFCCCA poll, is led by freshman Hannah Stefanoff, who has won three titles this season and named the CAA Runner of the Week five times. Towson, which holds the No. 15 ranking in the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region, is led by two-time CAA Runner of the Week, Katie Ogden, who finished 10th in last year's CAA Championship.
William & Mary will once again look to reclaim the CAA title. The Tribe is led by a trio of top-20 finishers from the 2010 event. Elaina Balouris took third, Kathleen Lautzenheiser finished seventh and Sara Lasker placed 18th.