Aug. 21, 2003
Coach Rick Wemple returns a strong nucleus of athletes for the 2003 women's cross country campaign. A core group of four athletes will lead the team, headlined by junior Meredith Crocker (Wakefield, RI). Crocker was the Bears top finisher at last season's NCAA Regionals, placing 30th overall out of a field of 238 runners.
Also leading the team will be sophomores Nora Sullivan (Cambridge, MA), Anya Davidson (Brunswick, ME) and Anna Willard (Greenwood, ME). Sullivan was one of the team's most consistent runners last season and both she and Davidson gained valuable experience during their rookie campaigns. All four athletes had successful track seasons as well.
One of the strongest points for Brown this season will be its depth. Wemple believes a number of athletes have the potential to be the team's fifth best runner, which will be the vital key to the team's success. One of those in contention is senior captain Kristin Ware (Indianapolis, IN).
"We have three freshman to keep an eye on as well," says Wemple. Michol Monaghan (Uniontown, PA), Heather Driscoll (North Falmouth, MA) and Kathleen Loughlin (Portland, OR) will all look to make an immediate impact on the team.
Last season, the Bears placed tenth out of 36 teams at the NCAA Regionals and seventh at the Heptagonal Championship. "I think we're going to make a jump in the league this season and be knocking on the door to nationals," says Wemple.
Brown opens up the 2003 campaign on Sept. 12 in Franklin Park, MA where it will face Harvard, Providence College, New Hampshire, University of Connecticut, Albany, Iona, and Boston College.