Cross Country Set for Bubble Buster

  • By Abby Norman
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  • September 20, 2012 04:41 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University cross country team will continue its 2012 season by traveling to Toledo, Ohio for the 4k Toledo Inter-Regional Bubble Buster on Friday, Sept. 21 at 6:10 p.m.

WVU is coming off a fourth-place finish at the Penn State Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational on Sept. 8. Sophomore Savanna Plombon finished first for the Mountaineers by crossing the line in 14th place with a 6k time of 22:07, while redshirt junior Jordan Hamric finished not far behind in 17th place.

“While training has been going very well so far, we have a few slight injuries and mass sickness throughout the team over the last week therefore we are bringing a very small group this weekend,” coach Sean Cleary says. “I am looking for these ladies to gain experience that will springboard them into competition at Louisville the following weekend.

“The girls are starting to get excited and antsy, as the major part of our season approaches. The team is in a very good place mentally, and I am excited to see how things unfold.”

Leading the pack for WVU will be redshirt senior Aubrey Moskal and freshman Sydney Scott. Moskal was the third Mountaineer to cross the line at Penn State in 23rd place, while Scott paired up with Hamric to take first at the WVU Alumni Open on Aug. 31.

Aubrey Moskal had a great race last year at Toledo, and I am hoping to see how much she has improved in a year,” Cleary says. “Sydney Scott has not been in the lineup for a few weeks, but she has trained well, and I am eager to see how she handles the pressures and stresses of a bigger, higher quality meet. Sarah McCauley is still a freshman and is gaining experience by the day. She is training very well, and I am excited to see how she is going to run this weekend. Hallie Portner was here last year, and she is looking to continue to position herself near the front of our pack by season’s end. Chelsea Jarvis is getting better by the week, and we hope that this 4k at Toledo will help set her up for future great races.”

In their trip to Toledo last season, the Mountaineers took second place with 57 points. Former Mountaineer Kate Harrison and seniors Kaitlyn Gillespie and Sarah-Anne Brault finished first, second and fifth, respectively, helping WVU finish ahead of six other teams.

Results from the race will be posted on WVUsports.com shortly after the completion of the competition.