Wesleyan Holds Favorite's Role in WVIAC Women's Cross
(PRINCETON, W.Va.)---West Virginia Wesleyan is the heavy favorite to capture
the 2007 West Virginia Conference women's cross country title.
The defending champion Bobcats captured nine of ten first place votes to
easily outdistance runner-up Alderson-Broaddus in the annual preseason coaches'
WVIAC newcomer Seton Hill received the other first place vote and holds down
third. Wheeling Jesuit, Charleston, and Concord follow in the fourth through
sixth positions. Davis & Elkins, Fairmont State, West Liberty State, and
Glenville State complete the top ten. Ohio Valley, Pitt Johnstown, and Bluefield
State complete the poll.
2006 All-WVIAC performers Jess Barkley and Allison Teter lead West Virginia
Wesleyan. Alderson-Broaddus' top returnee is Nicole Tengler, the seventh place
finisher at last season's WVIAC championship.
Seton Hill cannot officially win the WVIAC title until becoming a full NCAA
Division II member in 2008-09, but the Griffins are expected to field a strong
squad. Senior Laura Lemoine was an All-WVIAC runner last season and SHU has
added a deep and talented rookie crop.
WVIAC 1500 meter champion Erika Rucker hopes to leave a mark in cross country
for Wheeling Jesuit. Charleston hopes for big things from sophomore Jessica
West Liberty State's Kallen Weaver, the 2006 WVIAC championship meet
runner-up, should rank among the top individuals in the conference and region.
The WVIAC championship meet is slated to move north this season with Wheeling
Jesuit hosting the October 20 event.
2007 WVIAC Women's Cross Country Coaches' Poll
1. West Virginia Wesleyan (9) 128
2. Alderson-Broaddus 110
3. Seton Hill (1) 109
4. Wheeling Jesuit 104
5. Charleston 85
6. Concord 81
7. Davis & Elkins 65
8. Fairmont State 52
9. West Liberty State 49
10. Glenville State 48
11. Ohio Valley 45
12. Pitt Johnstown 17
13. Bluefield State 16