ROUNDUP: Fresh Start For BC Cross Country
Published: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 03:09
It’s September, and that means the beginning of a new season of cross country, and 2013 could potentially be an exciting year for Boston College. Ranked sixth in ACC polls going into the season, the women’s team appears ready to stake its claim at the top of the rankings with a plethora of young talent.
The BC women’s cross country team kicked off its season this weekend at the Nassaney Invitational in Smithfield, R.I. Although it was a non-scoring meet, the women successfully finished five runners in the top 35 in a field of 183.
Redshirt sophomore Brittany Winslow clocked in with a team best 18:18.3, good enough for fifth place overall. Coming in eighth place with a time of 18:30.3, senior Alanna Poretta became the second Eagle in the top 10 of the meet. Rounding out the top 35 were sophomore Elizabeth Pedmore (16th) and freshmen Danna Levin (23rd) and Meagan Roecker (34th). The men look to generate similar success this weekend as they compete in the UMASS Invitational on Sept. 14.
Coming off a disappointing year, the men’s team, ranked 12th in preseason polls, looks to improve with a rebound year. A perfect opportunity for redemption lies on Sept. 14, as the Eagles kick off their season at the UMass Invitational.
The cross country teams are not the only ones hoping to prove themselves with the coming of a new year.
Last year resulted in plenty of ups and downs for both the men’s and women’s golf teams. The men struggled, finishing at the bottom of the pack in nearly all the intercollegiate tournaments. Finishing their season with an 11th place finish at the ACC Championships and an overall team score of 896 (+32), the men look to turn the page on the 2012 season.
Bringing back a number of familiar faces including sophomore Nick Pandelena, the men appear to have the tools to improve upon last year.
This week, the men are in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina hoping to start their season off on the right foot.
Last year, the women’s side was more sporadic than the men’s, winning the C&F Bank Intercollegiate toward the end of the year, but progressing through the majority of the season in mediocrity. With the tough loss of graduated senior Isabel Southard, a 2013 NCAA East Regional participant, the women must function well as a team this year to have success.
The women are also in Myrtle Beach this week competing in the same tournament, the Golfweek Program Challenge, as the men.n