Women's Cross Country Ranked Sixth in Region

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Women's Cross Country Team The Muhlenberg women’s cross country team was ranked sixth in the Mideast Region in the preseason rankings released by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

After finishing seventh in the region last year, the women’s team received 43 points in the poll, just edging out Carnegie Mellon of the University Athletic Association. Centennial Conference rivals Johns Hopkins, Dickinson and Haverford were ranked first, third and fifth, respectively.

Leading the returnees for the Mules is senior Samantha Mayden, who qualified for nationals following an 11th-place finish at the Mideast Regional meet. Nicki Cronin, Erica Bash, Chelsea Rivenbark and Ramzy Burns, the team’s top four finishers behind Mayden at the regional meet, will all be back for the upcoming season.

Teams from the CC took five of the top eight spots in the women’s regional rankings. Powerhouse Johns Hopkins looks to capture its fifth consecutive regional title this year. In the men’s rankings, four of the top seven teams in the Mideast Region compete in the CC, including defending regional champion Haverford.

The Mules will begin their 2012 campaign at the Lehigh Invitational on Friday, August 31.