Women's Cross Country Tabbed Second in MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll

- Official MAAC Press Release - Preseason Coaches' Poll

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's cross country team was chosen to finish second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, as announced on Tuesday, Aug. 12. The Bobcats, just one year removed from finishing as the runner-up in their debut season in the MAAC, will look to dethrone the nine-time defending champions Iona in the conference championship meet at Holmdel Park on Oct. 31, 2014.

The winners of nine straight MAAC Championships, Iona, was selected as the Preseason favorite with 120 points, followed closely by the Bobcats (104) and Marist (97). Monmouth earned the fourth place nod with 84 points while Canisius and Rider tied for fifth with 74 points each. Fairfield (61), Niagara (41) and Siena (32) followed suit with Manhattan (28) and St. Peter's (11) rounding out the 11-team poll.

Head coach Carolyn Martin, now entering her sixth 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 on the job helped continue an NEC record streak of eight straight conference championships for the Bobcats. If the Bobcats are going to dethrone the Gaels, Coach Martin will be relying on a young but talented group that includes 12 returning letterwinners, none of which will be seniors in 2014.

Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Iona 120
2. Quinnipiac 104
3. Marist 97
4. Monmouth 84
T5. Canisius 74
T5. Rider 74
7. Fairfield 61
8. Niagara 41
9. Siena 32
10. Manhattan 28
11. Saint Peter's 11

Headlining that returning group will be sophomore Niamh Ashe (East Islip, N.Y.) who is coming off one of the more distinguished seasons in recent Quinnipiac women's cross country history. Racing in her debut season with the Bobcats, placed first amongst Quinnipiac runners in all five meets in which she competed. She also doubled up with All-New England and All-MAAC honors as she placed 11th in the New England Championships and 3rd in the MAAC Championships, earning her recognition as one of the most impressive rookies in program history.

Among the top runners joining Ashe on the 2014 squad will be juniors Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, N.J.) and Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.). Both are proven runners at the top level as Campbell peaked in 2013 at the New England Championships where she placed 40th overall and third-fastest on the team while Savage starred in the NCAA Regionals as she finished 98th overall, good enough for second-best on the team.

Always known for its noted depth, the Quinnipiac women's cross country program will again have a considerable amount of talent throughout the 2014 roster. Included in that bunch are juniors Ashley Carle (Jackson, N.J.), Kristina Kethchum (Foxborough, Mass.), Rebecca Morse (West Newbury, Mass.), Medinah Nabadduka (Windsor, Conn.) and Abby Waight (Doylestown, Pa.) as well as the sophomore class of Kylie Cardoso (Wilbraham, Mass.), Cameron Chaplen (Thomaston, Conn.), Emma Johnson (Metuchen, N.J.) and Sarah Whalen (Bethel, Conn.).

Coach Martin will also have a strong class of seven freshmen that will join the 2014 roster, giving the Bobcats plenty of reason for hope in their second full season as a member of the MAAC.

The Bobcats will see their first glimpse of action on Saturday, Aug. 30 as they return for the yearly trip to the Stony Brook Invitational with the meet set to begin at 10:00 am.

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