August 9, 2010

Women's Cross Country/Distance & Middle Distance Newcomers

Providence, RI- Brown University women's cross country coach Jill Miller has recently announced the incoming class for the 2010 cross country season.  The incoming class consists of 10 student-athletes coming to Brown from eight states across the country.

"The freshmen class brings a tremendous amount of talent to our team," said Miller.  "We are adding some of the top talent in the nation as well as group with strong character and great work ethic."

After losing just one senior from the 2009 roster, the Bears are looking forward to a strong season.  "While losing Ariel Wright to graduation is tough, we have a phenomenal group of returnees, led by senior captains Lauren Pischel and Caitlin Clark, who set a great tone of dedication and work ethic for our program."

"We are starting this season with the enthusiasm and unity that far exceeds that of any of the previous years," said senior captain Caitlin Clark.  "Together, we have returned to the core of what it means to be Brown Women's Cross Country, and in doing so we have realized our depth and determination."

The team will open up competition on Saturday September 18th at the Iona Meet of Champions at Van Courtland Park, which also serves as the course for the Ivy League Championships on Friday October 29th.

Heidi Caldwell (Hanover, NH - Hanover)

Two-time New Hampshire Cross Country Champion...Placed 3rd at the 2008 New England Cross Country Championships...Placed 4th at the 2009 New England Championships... Placed 3rd at the 2008 Nike Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships...Places 11th at Nike Team Nationals in 2007...Two-time New Hampshire 3200m State Champion...New Hampshire State Champion in the 1600m...Personal Records of 5:00 for 1600m, 10:53 for 3200m, and 17:46 for 5k (Cross Country)

Margaret Connelly (Chicago, IL – Fenwick)

Boasted the second fastest mile time in the State of Illinois during the 2010 indoor season…Place 10th at the 2010 State Track Meet in the 3200m run…Placed 39th in the 2009 Illinois State Cross Country Meet…Personal Records of 4:55 for 1600m, 10:34 for 3200m, and 17:16 for 3 miles (Cross Country)

Kate DeSimone (Fort Wayne, IN – Canterbury)

Two-time Indiana State Champion in the 1600m run (2009 and 2010) 1600m, 6th place in the 800m run at the 2007 State Championships…Placed 15th as a senior at the Indiana State Cross Country Championships…Personal Records of 2:15 for 800m, 4:54 for 1600m, and 18:30 for 5000m (Cross Country)

Connie Emerson (Hanover, NH – Hanover)

Placed 2nd in the 3000m run at the 2009 New Hampshire indoor state track meet…Placed 4th at the New Hampshire Class I State Cross Country Meet…Personal Records of 10:45 for 3000m and 18:40 for 5000m (Cross Country)

Melanie Fineman (Newton, MA – Newton South)

Six-time All-American…Winner of the 2010 Massachusetts Division 1 Indoor State Meet title in the mile…Placed 2nd at the Massachusetts All-State Indoor Meet in 2010…Winner of the 2009 4xmile relay at the 2009 Nike Indoor Nationals and Nike Outdoor Nationals…Placed 2nd at the 2010 Massachusetts Division 1 Outdoor State Meet in the 2 mile…Member of cross-country team that placed 6th place at Nike Cross Nationals in 2008…Boston Herald All-Star…Personal records of 2:16 for 800m, 2:56 for 1000m, 4:57 for the mile, 10:59 for 3200m, and 18:50 for 5000m (Cross Country)

Kat Grimes (Chatham, NJ – Chatham)

Won the 2010 New Jersey State Sectional in the 3200m run… Placed 2nd in the  NJ State Group 2 Championships in the 3200m …Personal Records of 5:02 for 1600m and 10:58 for 3200m

Aleyna LaCroix (Manhattan Beach, CA – Mira Costa)

Placed 2nd in Bay League Finals and 11th in CIF State Cross Country Championships in 2010…Placed 20th in 2010 Woodbridge Invitational…Personal Records of 5:18 for 1600m and 10:36 for 3200m

Megan Palmer (Whitefish Bay, WI – Whitefish Bay)

Placed 8th at the Wisconsin State Cross Country Meet …State Champion in the 800m and 14th in the 1600m run…Personal Records of 57.1 for 400m, 2:13 for 800m, 5:06 for 1600m, and 14:41 for 4000m (Cross Country)

Sasha Teninty (Eugene, OR – South Eugene)

Placed 3rd in the 2008 Oregon State Meet in the 800 and 4th in 2009…Placed 14th in the 2007 State Cross Country Meet….Placed 12th in the State Cross Country Meet…Personal Records of 58.1 for 400m and 2:16 for 800m

Jenn Thomas (Attleboro, MA – Bishop Feehan)

Placed 1st in 1000m at Indoor Division III Championship and 4th at Massachusetts All-States as a senior…Placed 3rd as a junior at All-State in 600m….Member of meet record-setting 4x800 at Indoor Division 3 Championship, which later placed 2nd at All-State and 2nd at the New England Championships…Member of Division 2 State Champion team in Cross Country…Holds records for Bishop Feehan cross country course, indoor and outdoor 4x800 and 1000m …1:37 for 600m, 2:15 for 800m, 2:56 for 1000m, and 5:05 for the mile