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Washington & Jefferson sophomore Kristen Galligan earned her second-straight PAC Runner of the Week award Monday after finishing second at last Friday's Slippery Rock University Invitational.


GROVE CITY SWEEPS TOP SPOT IN 2012 PAC WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY PRESEASON COACHES' POLL (8/25/12)

Grove City College earned all 10 first-place votes in the 2012 PAC Womens' Cross Country Preseason Coaches' Poll. For more great PAC women's cross country information, check out our online season preview section.

 

GCC'S BREESE NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN (6/19/12)

Grove City College cross country/track & field standout Mary Kate Breese has been named to the 2012 Capital One/NCAA Division III Academic All-America Women's Cross Country/Track & Field team, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Breese, a junior from Mercer, Pa., currently maintains a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) majoring in accounting/finance. Earlier, Breese earned her second straight Academic All-District First Team honor. She is a three-time All-PAC selection in cross country, earning first team honors in 2009 and 2011 and second team laurels in 2010. Last fall, Breese finished fifth individually at the PAC championships. Breese earned her first track & field letter this spring, competing as a distance specialist. She finished in third place in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meter runs at the 2012 PAC Championships, earning All-PAC honorable mention recognition.

CHATHAM TABS HODGE AS HEAD COACH/SID (2/16/12)
Chatham University has named David Hodge as womenís head cross country coach. He will also serve as sports information director and plans on developing a track & field team for next spring. Hodge comes to Chatham from Chowan University, Murfreesboro, N.C. where he served as the head womenís cross country coach beginning in January 2011.During his time there Hodge also served as the assistant sports information director. In 2008, he graduated from fellow PAC member Grove City College. While at Grove City, Hodge was a captain and four-year letterman for the four-time PAC champion Wolverines in the triple jump.

PAC SCHOOLS TABBED FOR ACADEMIC HONORS (2/16/12)

Five PAC women's cross country teams have earned 2011 Division III All-Academic  Women's Cross Country status by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The PAC women's teams were represented by Geneva, Grove City, Wash. & Jeff., Waynesburg, and Westminster. A total of 187 women's teams earned all-academic status in 2011. To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.10 through the 2011 fall semester.

 

GALLIGAN, SMITH EARN ALL-ACADEMIC HONORS (2/10/12)
Two PAC women's cross country runners - Grove City junior Ella Smith and Washington & Jefferson freshman Kristen Galligan - have been selected  to the 2011 Division III All-Academic Women's Cross Country Team by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). A total of 141 student-athletes representing 80 institutions earned All-Academic honors in 2011. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater through the most recent semester and placed in the top 35 at the NCAA Division III Regional Championships.

 

SVC'S MEJIA EARNS ALL-AMERICA HONORS AT NCAA D-III CHAMPIONSHIP; W&J'S GALLIGAN ALSO PLACES (11/21/11)

Saint Vincent senior Ivette Mejia earned NCAA Division III All-America honors at the 2011 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships on November 19 in Winneconne, Wisc., as she placed 29th out of 277 runners with a time of 21:37.41. In addition, Washington & Jefferson freshman Kristen Galligan placed 179th, at the championship. Galligan was the first female runner in W&J school history to compete at the national meet.

 

SMITH NAMED PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE (11/18/11)
Junior cross country standout Ella Smith of Grove City College has been named PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month for November 2011.

 

PAC PAIR QUALIFIES FOR NCAA WOMEN'S MEET (11/13/11)

Three PAC cross country standouts have qualified to compete at the 2011 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19 at Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wisc. Saint Vincent senior and 2011 PAC cross country champion Ivette Mejia will make her first trip to the NCAA D-III national meet after placing ninth at the 2011 NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships on Saturday (Nov. 12). Mejia is joined by the duo of junior Scott Ryan and freshman Kristen Galligan, who became the first national cross country qualifiers in the history of Washington & Jefferson College. Ryan placed 13th in the men's regional race Saturday, while Galligan was 13th in the women's race. The first seven athletes from each region who are not a part of a qualifying team were selected to participate in each championship.

 

GROVE CITY WOMEN CAPTURE TEAM TITLE AT 2011 PAC WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP (10/29/11)
The Saint Vincent men and Grove City women each captured team titles on October 29 at the 2011 PAC Men's & Women's Cross Country Championship, hosted by Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. The Bearcat men finished with three of the top five runners en route to 35 points and their second consecutive league crown, easily outdistancing second-place Thiel (70). Saint Vincent head coach Andy Herr was tabbed as PAC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year, while Bearcat senior Kevin Wanichko captured individual champion/PAC MVP laurels. The women's race saw the Grove City juggernaut continue rolling to its 25th straight PAC title, as the Wolverines posted 38 points to finish well ahead of second-place Waynesburg (83). GCC head coach Sean Severson was named PAC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year, while Saint Vincent senior Ivette Mejia routed the field by over a minute to clinch individual champion/PAC MVP recognition. Men's complete team results and individual results are online, as are women's complete team results and individual results.

 

WESTMINSTER TO HOST PAC CHAMPIONSHIP (10/26/11)
Westminster College will serve as the host institution and site of the 2011 PAC Men's & Women's Cross Country Championships, to be held this Saturday, October 29 in New Wilmington, Pa. The women's race begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by the men's race at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free. Defending PAC team champions are the Saint Vincent men and Grove City women, while 2010 women's individual champion senior Ivette Mejia of Saint Vincent returns. Top men's runners to watch include Thiel senior Richard Peterson and Washington & Jefferson junior Scott Ryan. A complete championship preview is now online.

 

GROVE CITY PICKED TO REPEAT IN 2011 POLL (8/31/11)

Grove City has been picked to repeat as PAC women's cross country champions in 2011, according to a preseason poll of league women's cross country coaches. The Grove City College women's cross country team enters the 2011 season looking to build upon an historic 2010 season in which the Wolverines advanced to the NCAA Division III Championships for the first time in school history. Under the guidance of Sean Severson who is in his seventh season, Grove City will look to capture its 23rd straight title.

SIMONETTI HIRED TO LEAD CHATHAM HARRIERS (8/30/11)
Chatham University has hired Jennifer Simonetti as head cross country coach, assisted by Dan Spaulding. Simonetti will also serve as assistant soccer coach for the Cougars. She comes to Chatham from Marietta College, where she served as the womanís head soccer coach. In 2005, Simonetti graduated from the University of Dayton, where she was a CSCAA Third Team All-American standout soccer player for the Flyers.

 

2011 PAC FALL SPORTS PREVIEWS: WOMEN'S XC (8/29/11) Today, we look at PAC women's cross country. Grove City enters the 2011 season looking to build upon an historic 2010 season in which the Wolverines won their 22nd straight PAC title and advanced to the NCAA Division III Championships for the first time in school history. Grove City returns four of its seven runners who competed in the NCAA Championships last fall. However, GCC will face quality competition from several league foes including Saint Vincent, who has 2010 PAC MVP returner Ivette Mejia. Also Geneva will look to place third or better this season now being approved for NCAA Division III active membership this past summer. The complete 2011 PAC Women's Cross Country Preview is now online, along with the 2011 composite women's cross country schedule.


BETHANY NAMES GUINN CROSS COUNTRY COACH (8/10/11)
Michael Guinn, a former assistant coach at Division II institutions West Virginia Wesleyan College and Seton Hill University, has been named the new head menís and womenís cross country coach at Bethany. He replaces Brandon Spaulding, who served as head coach the past two seasons.


MAREK TABBED AS NEW W&J HEAD COACH (7/21/11)
Washington & Jefferson has named Shawn Marek as its new head men's & women's cross country/track & field coach. He replaces Mark FitzPatrick, who resigned to take the head coaching job at Denison. Marek recently spent two years as the head coach for both sports at Salem College in Winston Salem, N.C. A 2000 graduate of Saint Bonaventure, Marek was a co-captain for the Bonnies' NCAA Division I cross country squad. 

THOMAS MORE HIRES JACKSON AS HEAD COACH (6/30/11)
Derrick Jackson has been named head men's and women's cross country coach at Thomas More College. Jackson replaces Brian Alessandro, who resigned this spring after six years in the position. He comes from Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was the assistant cross country coach for three seasons. Jackson ran cross country and track and field at Wilmington College where he was named All-Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) and All-Great Lakes Region.  He also served in the Ohio Army National Guard from 2000-2007, where he was deployed to Iraq twice and earned numerous military awards.  


FINLEY LAUDED AS PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE (6/23/11)
The PAC has selected senior multi-sport athlete Desiree Finley  of Bethany as Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month for June 2011. Each month, SAAC members at a PAC school nominate a student-athlete to highlight based on academic and athletic accomplishments. Honorees must be a varsity member in their respective sport(s) and in their junior or senior year. Scholar-Athletes of the Month must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and be actively involved on his or her campus community.

 

FOUR PAC STUDENT-ATHLETES NAMED TO 2011 ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT CROSS COUNTRY/T&F TEAMS (6/3/11)

Four PAC athletic standouts have been honored with selection to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District II College Division Women's Cross Country/Track & Field teams, released by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Leading the way for the women was the lone first team selection, Grove City sophomore Mary Kate Breese (4.0 cumulative grade-point average (GPA), majoring in accounting). With the selection, Breese now advances to the national Academic All-America ballot. Three other PAC women garnered second team recognition: Grove City senior Emily Pierce (3.83 GPA, sociology/Christian thought) and the Washington & Jefferson senior duo of Katelynd McElhany (3.51 GPA, international business) and Michelle Wuenstel (3.68 GPA, environmental studies).

FITZPATRICK RESIGNS AS W&J HEAD COACH (5/10/11)
Six-time PAC cross country/track & field Coach of the Year Mark FitzPatrick resigned from Washington & Jefferson today to accept the head men's and women's track & field position at Denison University. FitzPatrick, who guided the W&J women's track & field team to its third PAC title two weeks ago, spent eight years as the head coach for the Presidents' cross country and track & field programs. A national search for the Presidents' new head cross country/track & field coach begins immediately. 

 

GROVE CITY WOMEN, SVC'S MEJIA CAPTURE TITLES AT 2010 PAC CHAMPIONSHIPS IN WAYNESBURG (10/30/10)
The Saint Vincent men and Grove City women captured team titles at the 2010 PAC Men's & Women's Cross Country Championships, hosted on Saturday, Oct. 30, by Waynesburg University at the Greene County Airport. The men's race saw the Bearcats capture their first-ever PAC team championship in any sport, while also snapping Grove City's 19-year run as conference champions. GCC senior Garrett Cichowitz was named 2010 PAC Men's Cross Country MVP after capturing the individual title by two seconds over Scott Ryan of Washington & Jefferson, while veteran Saint Vincent mentor Andy Herr earned PAC Men's Coach of the Year laurels. On the women's side, the Wolverines rolled to their 24th straight league crown as GCC head coach Sean Severson was tabbed for PAC Coach of the Year honors. 2010 MVP recognition went to race champion Ivette Mejia of Saint Vincent. Final results for men and women are now online.

 

WAYNESBURG TO HOST PAC CHAMPIONSHIP (10/29/10)
The Greene County Airport in Waynesburg, Pa., will be the site of the 2010 PAC Men's & Women's Cross Country Championships this Saturday, Oct. 30, hosted by Waynesburg University. The men's race will begin at 10 a.m. followed by the women's race at approximately 10:45 a.m. The event is open to the public free of charge. Grove City College is the long-time dominant force in PAC cross country, but the Wolverines will be pushed by Saint Vincent (eligible for the PAC title for the first time in 2010) and a host of other strong runners and teams.

 

OCTOBER 17 CROSS COUNTRY RELEASE ONLINE (10/12/10)
The PAC weekly press release covering races through October 17, including men's & women's runners of the week, is now online.

 

2010 PAC PREVIEW: SVC TO PUSH GROVE CITY (8/31/10)
PAC cross country has traditionally been the domain of the Grove City Wolverines, as the GCC men are 18-time PAC champions while the women have won 21 league titles in a row. However, a new contender may emerge this fall in the form of Saint Vincent, which has run close to Grove City in the past few PAC meets and is now entering its first season of eligibility for the PAC title. 2009 runner-ups Thiel (men) and Westminster (women) also figure to be in the mix at the 2010 PAC Championships, slated for October 30 at Waynesburg. The 2010 PAC Cross Country Preview is now online, along with the 2010 league composite schedule.

 

HARDIE TABBED AS WAYNESBURG HEAD COACH (7/13/10)
Chris Hardie has been named the new head coach of the Waynesburg University menís and womenís cross country teams. Hardie served as the teamís assistant coach in the fall of 2009. He also just completed his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Waynesburg University menís and womenís track & field teams. Hardie replaces former head coach Blair Zimmerman, who served as head coach for the past 11 seasons.

 

EIGHT FROM PAC NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT (6/3/10)
Eight standout PAC student-athletes (five men, three women) have been selected to the 2010 ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-District II cross country/track & field teams, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Of the eight, three garnered first team honors and will now advance to the Academic All-America national ballot. On the men's side, Grove City senior Derek Kruse (3.92 grade-point average (GPA), molecular biology) and Westminster senior Jeremiah Patterson (3.91, broadcast communications) were tabbed, while second team honorees were the GCC junior duo of Garrett Cichowitz (3.60, entrepreneuship/Christian thought) and Kevin Gallagher (3.88, political science/history) and W&J sophomore Josh Buckley (3.44, biology). The women's team was led by first team senior Jodi Bodo (3.82, communication) of Bethany and a pair of second teamers from Westminster in senior Abbey Basta (3.79, English) and sophomore Emily Dolsak (3.94, exploratory).

 

SPALDING TABBED AS NEW BETHANY COACH (1/28/10)
Brandon Spalding
, a former national championship qualifier at Bridgewater (Va.) College, has been chosen as the new head menís and womenís cross country coach and assistant track & field coach at Bethany College. Spalding replaces Matt Abel, who resigned in January.

 

THIEL'S MCAFEE HONORED BY PAC SAAC (1/20/10)
Senior PAC student-athlete Sarah McAfee of Thiel College have been named PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Month for January 2010.

 

PAC TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP AWARDS RELEASED (12/10/09)
The Presidentsí Athletic Conference (PAC) has announced the PAC Team Sportsmanship Award winners for Fall 2009 sports. The PAC Team Sportsmanship Award was started in the 2008-09 sports season, and is an effort to recognize and encourage positive sportsmanship among conference teams. The award is sponsored by the PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and is presented to one team in each of the 19 PAC-sponsored varsity sports.

 

GROVE CITY SWEEPS PAC CHAMPIONSHIPS (10/31/09)

Grove City College swept the men's and women's team and individual titles at the 2009 PAC Men's & Women's Cross Country Championship, held Oct. 31 at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. The women's slate saw Grove City freshman Sara Fisher take home MVP honors after edging teammate and classmate Ella Smith at the finish line for the individual title. The Wolverine women posted 17 points in PAC championship competition to easily top second place Westminster (62), while finishing with 20 points in overall competition, ahead of second-place Saint Vincent (75). GCC mentor Sean Severson swept both the men's and women's PAC Coach of the Year awards for 2009.

UPCOMING SCHEDULES

Saturday, September 22

Chatham/Geneva/Waynesburg at Saint Vincent Inv., 11:15 a.m.

Thiel at Otterbein Inv., 11:30 a.m.

 

RECENT SCORES & RESULTS

Saturday, September 15

Thomas More at Cedarville Friendship Inv.

women's results

Thomas More women: 10th (of 12)

Bethany/Westminster at Penn St.-Behrend Inv.

women's results

Westminster women: 3rd (of 16)

Bethany women: 8th (of 16)

 

Friday, September 14

Saint Vincent at National Catholic Inv. (Notre Dame, Ind.)

Saint Vincent women: 18th (of 21)

Grove City/Wash. & Jeff. at Slippery Rock Inv.

women's results

Grove City women: 4th (of 7)

Wash. & Jeff. women: 6th (of 7)

 

September 17
Kristen Galligan, Sophomore, Wash. & Jeff.

 

September 10
Kristen Galligan, Sophomore, Wash. & Jeff.


September 3
Sarah-Noel Meek, Freshman, Geneva