Princeton, WV - The Seton Hill women’s cross country team has been selected to win the 2012 WVIAC Championship, as voted on by the league’s coaches.
The Griffins captured the 2011 title with 55 points at the conference meet. SHU received nine first-place votes en route to 165 total points in the preseason rankings. Wheeling Jesuit picked up four first-place nods and garnered 158 total points for second in the poll.
West Virginia Wesleyan has been selected third with 137 points. The Bobcats racked up one second-place vote and 10 third-place nods. Concord was a solid fourth with 126 points. The Mountain Lions were third on one ballot and fourth on nine others.
Alderson-Broaddus and Charleston tied for fifth as each received 103 points. The Battlers picked up five fourth-place votes while the Golden Eagles had a second-place and a fourth-place tally.
West Liberty racked up 100 points for seventh place. The Hilltoppers received two fourth-place nods. Fairmont State was eighth with 71 points while Davis & Elkins was ninth with 66 points.
Ohio Valley and Pitt-Johnstown tied for 10th after receiving 51 points in the poll. Glenville State (36 points) and Bluefield State (16 points) rounded out the field.
Seton Hill returns four of its top five runners and five out of the top seven this season. Jeannie Bujdos was the 2011 WVIAC Freshman of the Year. Mary Janak and Leah Scott each earned all-conference honors a year ago. With the talent returning from an experienced squad, the Griffins are looking to win another WVIAC Championship.
Wheeling Jesuit has Megan Truelove and Jennifer McFarland on its team. Truelove is a three-time all-WVIAC performer while McFarland is a two-time all-league honoree. The duo will push the rest of the squad for a league title after finishing just three points shy of a championship in 2011.
West Virginia Wesleyan will rely on sophomore Erica Walker to push the squad. Walker registered an eight-place finish at the WVIAC Championship in 2011. The team has a significant amount of returners that competed well at the league meet. The Bobcats will look to challenge for a WVIAC Title.
Concord returns a couple of tremendous runners. Chelsea Callaway has been in the top 10 of the WVIAC Championships the last three seasons, finishing ninth a year ago. Rachel Williams was 13th last season at the conference meet. Both will help the Mountain Lions push for a top-three finish.
Alderson-Broaddus boasts senior Aly Carpenter, who had a solid 2011 WVIAC Championship. Carpenter, along with rookie Jenny Brewer, will help the Battlers vie for a spot among the top few schools in the league.
Charleston returns Debbie Amos and Jenna Matso. Amos will vie for a WVIAC Championship as she finished third at the league meet in 2011. Matso will also look to earn all-WVIAC accolades for the Golden Eagles.
West Liberty returns an abundance of talent. Leading the way for the Hilltoppers is senior Sherry Borsos and sophomore Chelsea East. The duo finished 24th (East) and 25th (Borsos), respectively, at the conference meet a season ago.
Fairmont State’s Laura Horning will help pace the Falcons this season. A senior, Horning registered a 34th-place finish at the conference meet in 2011. She and the rest of the squad will vie for a spot in the upper half of the league standings.
Davis & Elkins has sophomores Ellen Cantaral and Sydney Mucha. Cantaral narrowly missed earning all-WVIAC honors after taking 21st at the league meet. Mucha was not far behind, finishing 30th. The pair will help push the rest of the squad.
Ohio Valley boasts India Bryant and Tara Carlsen on its 2012 squad. As a sophomore, Bryant earned all-WVIAC honors by finishing 19th at the league meet. Carlsen had a solid conference championship as a freshman.
Pitt-Johnstown’s experienced squad is led by Christy Monnie and Sasha Peterman. The sophomores each performed well at the 2011 conference meet. The pair will help a young squad vie for a spot in the upper half of the league.
Glenville State has Nicole Himes and Danielle Perkins on its 2012 roster. Both are seniors that will lead the upperclassmen-heavy Pioneers this season. With its depth and experience, GSC will look to improve upon its 2011 results.
Bluefield State’s Patricia Galligher leads the way for the team. Galligher is a junior on the young squad. She, along with the rest of the Lady Blues, will be looking to improve from last year’s finish at the 2011 conference meet.
Place Team (first-place votes) Total Points
1. Seton Hill (9) 165
2. Wheeling Jesuit (4) 158
3. West Virginia Wesleyan 137
4. Concord 126
5t. Alderson-Broaddus 103
5t. Charleston 103
7. West Liberty 100
8. Fairmont State 71
9. Davis & Elkins 66
10t. Ohio Valley 51
10t. Pitt-Johnstown 51
12. Glenville State 36
13. Bluefield State 16