MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University cross country team was picked to finish fifth in the Mid-Atlantic Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason regional rankings released today.
“Starting off the season, this appears to be a very accurate reflection of our group,” says coach Sean Cleary. “The Mid-Atlantic Regional is as competitive as any regional traditionally.”
The Mountaineers finished fifth for the Mid-Atlantic Region at the NCAA Regionals in 2012 at State College, Pa., and fourth at the Big 12 Championships in Austin, Texas.
“Our mindset is to finish much higher at regionals when that time comes,” explains Cleary.
Coach Cleary, entering his seventh season as head coach of the Mountaineers, added 10 freshmen and five sophomores to his roster this season.
Two-time All-American junior Kaitlyn Gillespie
, who took a medical redshirt a year ago, is poised to go for her third All-American accolade in as many years that she has been in competition.
The rankings are determined subjectively by a single member coach in each respective region.
Gillespie and West Virginia will open their 2013 season this Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Lehigh Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa.
The Preseason National Coaches Poll will be released Tuesday, Aug. 27.