QU Women’s Cross Country Tabbed Second in MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll

QU Women’s Cross Country Tabbed Second in MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll

EDISON, New Jersey – The Quinnipiac women's cross country team was chosen second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coaches' Poll, as announced on Thursday, Aug. 20. The back-to-back MAAC runner-up looks to dethrone the 10-time defending champions Iona in the conference championship meet at Rosedale Park on Friday, Oct. 31, 2015.

The winners of 10 straight MAAC Championships, Iona was selected as the Preseason favorite with 121 points and all 11 first place votes. The Bobcats (105) followed closely behind while Marist (100) and Monmouth (79) rounded out the top four. Rider (75) and Canisius (69) are slotted in at fifth and sixth, respectively, while Siena (56), Manhattan (50), Fairfield (35), Niagara (23) and Saint Peter's (13) round out the 11-team poll.

Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Iona (11) 121
2. Quinnipiac 105
3. Marist 100
4. Monmouth 79
5. Rider 75
6. Canisius 69
7. Siena 56
8. Manhattan 50
9. Fairfield 35
10. Niagara 23
11. Saint Peter's 13

Head coach Carolyn Martin, now entering her seventh season manning the helm at Quinnipiac, has plenty of championship experience as she led the Bobcats to four straight Northeast Conference titles. The four conference titles in her first four years helped continue an NEC record streak of eight straight conference championships for the Bobcats. If the Bobcat are going to dethrone the Gaels, Coach Martin will be relying on experience as all 20 of her talented group is returning from the 2014 season.

Headlining that returning group will be junior Niamh Ashe (East Islip, New York) who is running a streak of 11 straight meets wherein she placed first on the team. A two-time All-MAAC runner, including a 6th place finish at the MAAC Championships in 2014, Ashe has cemented herself as the top runner for this Quinnipiac program.

Among the top runners returning with Ashe on the 2015 squad will be sophomores Kaleigh Roberts (Higganum, Connecticut) and Emily Wolff (Highlands Ranch, Colorado). Both proved themselves from the start of the season as the pairing never finished outside the four-fastest runners on the team in a single event while also never finishing no more than seven spots apart in the overall standings in all six of their appearances together in 2014.

Senior leadership will come in the form of Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, New Jersey), Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Massachusetts) and Medinah Nabadduka (Windsor, Connecticut). All three have competed in the conference championship meet in each of their three seasons as a Bobcat. Campbell led all upperclassmen with a 17th place finish at the 2014 MAAC Championships while Savage placed fifth on the team in four of her six appearances last season and Nabadduka competed in six events in 2014 after struggling through an injury plagued 2013 season.

Always known for its noted depth, Quinnipiac will again have a considerable amount of talent throughout the 2015 roster. Included in that bunch are seniors Ashley Carle (Jackson, New Jersey), Kristina Ketchum (Foxborough, Massachusetts), Rebecca Morse (West Newbury, Massachusetts) and Abby Waight (Doylestown, Pennsylvania) as well as juniors Cameron Chaplen (Thomaston, Connecticut), Emma Johnson (Metuchen, New Jersey), Lisa MacLachlan (Branford, Connecticut) and Kylie Cardoso (Wilbraham, Massachusetts). The sophomore class looking to take a jump this year include Darby Ginley (Warwick, New York), Harmony Grodsky (Upper Brookville, New York), Marykate O'Meara (Pearl River, New York) and Katey Veron (Franklin Square, New York).

Coach Martin will also have a strong class of four freshmen that will join the 2015 roster including Mary Watters (Demarest, New Jersey), Kaitlyn Hebert (Glastonbury, Connecticut), Alexandra Kowalski (Lawrenceville, New Jersey) and Maria Ricalton (Canton, New York).

The Bobcats will see their first glimpse of action on Saturday, Sept. 5 as they return for the yearly trip to the Stony Brook Invitational.

Contact: Maxx McNall; maxx.mcnall@quinnipiac.edu