MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University cross country team is set to begin its 2012 season with the WVU Alumni Open on Friday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. at the WVU Agronomy Farm.
The Mountaineers will be racing against various WVU Alumni including former All-Americans Marie-Louise Asselin, Kaylyn Christopher
, Kate Harrison
and Karly Hamric
“Every meet has its importance,” coach Sean Cleary says. “This is going to be an opportunity for some young ladies that have never run for West Virginia to actually put a singlet on and race for the Mountaineers. I am really looking forward to seeing how everyone performs and see those who have worked very hard to make a debut.
“It is an opportunity for our younger girls. Ones that have not been in the spotlight, but we hope one day will be some of our showcase runners. They will get to perform with the pressures involved of not having your seniors and your leaders out there. We will not only be seeing that this weekend, but also over the next few weekends before we bring them back into the lineup. It is a chance for them to actually prove themselves and show them that while they are paying their dues right now and trying to earn their spot, they are going to be willing and ready anytime they get to lead the team.”
The team returns 13 letterwinners from a 2011 squad that finished in eighth place at the NCAA Championships-the team’s fourth top-10 finish in the last five years. WVU returns four runners from the NCAA Championship race including All-Americans senior Kaitlyn Gillespie
and Sarah-Anne Brault
. The team will also be led by senior Stephanie Aldea
and junior Jordan Hamric
who crossed the line at the NCAA Championships in 172nd and 253rd place, respectively.Directions:
To access the WVU Agronomy Farm from I-68:
Take exit 7: Airport/Mileground exit. From there, go straight through the stoplight of the Glenmark Center intersection. Make the next right onto Old Cheat Road near the bottom of the hill. After about half a mile, Agronomy Farm Road will be on the left.
From Town: Take Route 705 to Mileground. Follow the Mileground to where it meets North 19 and turn right at the light. Old Cheat Road will be an immediate left. After about half a mile, Agronomy Farm Road will be on the left.NOTE:
Agronomy Farm Road is very narrow, so drivers should use caution. The farm is located at the end of the road.