Cross Country and T&F 🏃‍♂️

Thought I’d make this my lil topic page to keep all my info in one spot from here on out and to stir a little intrest from ya’ll…

XC Background and Info For Newbies on the sport:

Team sport where your 5 best runners give you your team score.

Points are awarded for your finish, so if you finish in First you get 1 point, lowest combined point total wins(like Golf, only we run on golf courses… )

So for example if you’re at big meet and your top four runners score low, you are still dependent on a solid finish by your fifth runner, too many times in XC you can win or lose as team by very few points(ie: places=points), so you’re only as strong as your Fifth, but, it does help to have low scoring runners as well.

Sooo, after finishing up a long(which means we were successful because we ran so late into the summer) 2011 track season we are now just a little over week out from preseason for the 2011 Cross Country Season. A squad which brings back most of the depth from last year and we add in big time red shirts in Amanda Goetschius(women’s XC champ in 2008, XC runner up 2009, Indoor and Outdoor A10 MVP in 2010 for track and an All American at 5000M) and Dakota Lowery(men’s 2011 A10 indoor mile champ)

2011 Roster:

Cotto, Joseph
Dagnachew, Daweet
Dentamo, Getisso
Eubanks, David
Garcia, Eleazar
Greth, Zach
Hodgins, Cody
Kluttz, Sean
Lowery, Dakota
Martin, Alvin
McGuire, Brian
Montgomery, Matthias
Norbye, Christian
Rinehardt, Marcus
Roberson, Ross
Smart, Zaid,
Sterett, Ben
Tamayo, Michael
Taylor, Will
Townsend, Stephen
Vance, Phillip
Viscusi, Andrew
Abreu, Jasmine
Barry, Janet
Carcella, Taylor
Christensen, Jenna
Cieslak, Nicole
Edwards, Ashley
Fuquay, Abby
Goetschius, Amanda
Hobbs, Christina
Holloway, Katie
Matson, Chelsea
McHenry, Tianna
Miller, Rachel
Mitchell, Kristin
Molke, Jen
Morgan, Nicole
Ruiz, Maria
Slatter, Maraya
Stout, Kristen
Sutchar, Hana
Trujillo, Aurora
Willinsky, Amanda

2011 Schedule:
Fri, Sep 2[sup]nd[/sup] USC Upstate Eyeopener, Spartanburg, SC 7:00PM
Sat, Sep 10[sup]th[/sup] Charlotte Duals, Concord, NC 9:00AM
Sat, Sep 17[sup]th[/sup] Elon Invitational, Elon, NC 9:00AM
Sat, Sep 24[sup]th[/sup] Roy Griak Invite, Falcon Heights, Minn. 12:00PM
Fri, Sep 30[sup]th[/sup] Charlotte Invite, Charlotte, NC 4:00PM
Sat, Oct 15[sup]th[/sup] NCAA Pre Nationals, Terre Haute, IN 12:30PM
Sat, Oct 29[sup]th[/sup] Atlantic 10 Championships, Concord, NC 10:00AM
Sat, Nov 12[sup]th[/sup] NCAA SE Championships, Louisville, KY 11:00AMMon, Nov 21[sup]st[/sup] NCAA Championships, Terre Haute, IN 12:30PM

Note: The Charlotte Duals and the A10 Championships will be held at Frank Liske Park in Concord, NC

The course I designed is very fan friendly and you’ll be able to see most of the race from the Start/Finish “area”

A10’s is going to be really fun out there, come out and cheer loud!!

The Charlotte Invite(Our Big Meet), will be held at the historic McAlpine Creek Park(Alumni Larry Mcafee designed and built the course or so he tells me like over 25 years ago). We’ll have close to 30 teams and 250 runners per race this year(VT, Georgia Tech, Liberty, Wake, among notables. It’s grown and gotten to be one of the most competive college cross country meets in the south east.

Pre-Season Expectations:

While I’ll get a good look at fitness levels on the 16th(our first practice, which will be at Frank Liske) I have high expectations for this year’s teams.


The women finished 2nd two years ago and with our newcomers and what we achieved with returnees during track I feel real good going into this fall and look forward to chasing after our first coveted A10 championship in XC.

Top Returners:
Goetschius (Stud,see above)

Slatter(has been sitting out due to transfer status will/would be great #2 if cleared)

Sutchar (last year’s eventual #2, ran over a minute faster during track this spring in the 5k then previous best)

Trujillo (finished as high as #2 last fall for us last fall, has always had injury issues, if we’ve corrected them and she stays healthy towards the post season she’s tough enough to make a difference)

Ruiz (hasn’t lived up to her expectations, but has also had set back due to injury, she’s figured it out and had her most successful track season to date, has potential to be right beside Slatter)

Holloway (from walk-on to warrior, scored in the 10k at A10’s this spring #4 All Time in school history, she didn’t run in high school at North Meck but has turned into a great additon to the team and could contend for a top 5 spot)

Top Necomers:(if you want to research their stats visit and you can search for them in their search engine taking you to their profile.)

Molke (NJ harrier that has potential to develop into a Goetschius, but will most likely take a year or 2 to be at that level and really develop)

Christensen(Cary product that has taken off this spring running fast from the 800M-3200M could be the top freshie, great speed, strength, and form, could instantly crack top 5)

Matson(Matthews native that also broke into new limits this spring in the mile, huge development upside, limits unknown)

Stout(NCHSAA State Mile Champ, she comes from the small Hendersonville, HS and hasn’t been really challenged)

Carcella(Traditionally a middle distance specialist from outside Philly, we’ll experiment with her base this fall and see if she can’t help the squad out, lethal speed)

Preseason Expectations:


The men finished a disappointing 10th(out of 14) last year, but, we only graduated 1 senior compared to our A10 competitors whose rosters were all senior heavy minus Fordham(right ahead of us)and added some serious talent with newcomers. After looking at last year’s results 15 of the top 20 graduated as did also 21 of the top 40. While I always believe we have a chance a doing big things, I’ll look for them to finish top 5, if we take full advantage of hosting it on our home course…then we can certainly finish higher.

Top Returners:

Dagnachew: (the younger brother of the former women’s steeple chase record holder/NCAAQ, was the #1 all year last year, he’s now going into what I like to call the “break out Junior year” after coming off a GREAT spring and if he’s put in the work this summer can certainly contend for a top 15 individual(All Conference) placing at A10’s)

Roberson: (After last year’s A10’s where he was our #2 he was rushed to the ER two days later and had his apendix taken out, he battled to get back into shape and had a tough spring, he has done several 80+ mile weeks this summer and has kept me in the loop the in the know, he’s in the best shape of his life at this moment and highly motivated, after last year’s graduating group from A10’s Ross also looks to take advantage of the Junior year and make chase for a top 15 spot at A10’s)

Lowery: (Hasn’t been the most consistent runner a team needs, but he has all the talent and potential to be a low scorer and a top 15 runner at A10’s)

Taylor: (Comes on late every year, hopefully this being his Senior year he starts a little earlier and helps push this team to new limits)

McGuire: (Just missed scoring in the 5k at the Indoor Championships by one spot, has grown into a much better runner{despite fading last two xc seasons}, being a senior will hopefully give him added motivation to get to the finish line a little faster)

Top New Comers:

Greth: (From my home state of PA, Zach is a huge talent, he gets after it and finished in the top 15 at last year’s PA state XC meet, it’s a tough state so I’ve got a lot of respect for him and how hard he works, could challenge for #1 spot as freshman and potentially grab a top 15 spot at A10’s)

Smart: (From Princeton HS in NJ, Zaid through down some solid track times this spring before spraining a foot, he’s cleared that up and can also challenge for a top 5 spot, the young bloods could be the difference makers and make something special happen come late October)

Dentamo: (The younger brother of Charlotte great Adu Dentamo, he comes from a low mileage background, but with a little base could be extremely dangerous, Adu was top 15(4 time all conference in XC) as a freshi and it would be great to continue the family tradition)

Tamayo: (The 3AHS State Champ in the 800M(1:54) and 4x8 (anchor) has been very excited this summer updating me on his fitness often, kid isn’t known for XC but I love his attitude, he’ll be a great addition come indoor for certain)

I look forward to keeping you all in the loop as the season gets underway, come on out to the meets if you can, we’ll always appreciate the support!!!

Good luck Coach, to you and the team. Go Niners!

Bump, good luck coach, looking forward to getting out to some of these tracck events.

Aug. 9, 2011 NEWPORT NEWS, Va -La Salle Cross Country has been predicted to capture the 2011 Atlantic 10 Men’s Championship in voting conducted among the league’s head coaches for the second year in a row.
After finishing fifth at the 2010 Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championship, the Explorers narrowly edged out last year’s champion Richmond in the polls and will look to win their first title since 2007.
The Spiders graduated all three of their Top 10 finishers, including individual winner Andrew Benford, but are returning 2010 Coach of the Year Steve Taylor to look to defend the school’s first ever Cross Country crown.
Last year’s host, Duquesne, placed second at the 2010 Championship and is tabbed for a third place finish according to this year’s polls. Junior Jim Spisak led the Dukes at the 2010 event as one of only two non-senior Top 10 finishers.
Dayton and Massachusetts round out the top five having been selected in fourth and fifth, respectively, and are followed by Saint Joseph’s, Xavier, Charlotte, Temple, Fordham, Saint Louis, George Washington, Rhode Island and St. Bonaventure.
The 2011 A-10 Men and Women’s Cross Country Championship will be held Oct. 29 at Frank Liske Park in Charlotte, N.C.
2011 Predicted Order Of Finish (2010 A-10 finish in parentheses)

  1. La Salle (5)
  2. Richmond (1)
  3. Duquesne (2)
  4. Dayton (4)
  5. Massachusetts (3)
  6. Saint Joseph’s (7)
  7. Xavier (6)
  8. Charlotte (10)
  9. Temple (8)
  10. Fordham (9)
  11. Saint Louis (12)
  12. George Washington (11)
  13. Rhode Island (13)
  14. St. Bonaventure (14)

Aug. 9, 2011 NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - In voting conducted among the league’s head coaches, the La Salle women’s Cross Country team has been chosen to earn the 2011 Atlantic 10 title and win its first title since claiming six within a seven year span during 2001 - 2007.
Returning are the Explorer’s top two finishers from the 2010 Championship in senior Sephanie Bearish, fifth-place, and senior Caitlin Storbeck, 10th-place.
Finishing just behind La Salle in the poll, last-year’s Champion Spiders were slotted second and will rely on 2010 Coach of the Year Lori Taylor to lead the Spiders to their third title in the last four years.
Dayton, who won the title as recently as 2009, was projected to finish third after graduating two Top 10 finishers. 2011 Tournament host Charlotte is tabbed for a fourth place finish, followed by Duquesne, Saint Louis, Saint Joseph’s, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Xavier and Fordham in fifth through 11th, respectively.
Tied for 12th in the poll are George Washington and Temple, followed by St. Bonaventure.
The 2011 A-10 Men and Women’s Cross Country Championship will be held Oct. 29 at Frank Liske Park in Charlotte, NC.
2011 Predicted Order Of Finish (2010 A-10 finish in parentheses)

  1. La Salle (2)
  2. Richmond (1)
  3. Dayton (3)
  4. Charlotte (T5)
  5. Duquesne (T5)
  6. Saint Louis (4)
  7. Saint Joseph’s (9)
    8 ) Rhode Island (7)
  8. Massachusetts ( 8 )
  9. Xavier (10)
  10. Fordham (12)
  11. George Washington (11)
  12. Temple (13)
  13. St. Bonaventure (14)

Preview is up on charlotte 49ers TV… in HD!

Hot off the press:

So far during preseason, athletes have looked really good, the women’s team is probably the best I’ve ever seen, even after finishing 2nd four times in XC at A10’s i think this team has what it takes to get us over the hump.

As far as the men’s squad goes, they’ve looked extremely comfortable in everything we’ve done towards the top group of guys(about 8-10), so I’ll be interested to see how they react to the tougher tempos next week.

Go Niners!

Charlotte’s ONLY HOME A10 Championship is THIS SATURDAY (FREE)

2011 A10 Cross Country Championships
Saturday October 29th, 2011

Frank Liske Park
4001 Stough Road(off of Hwy 49 turn onto Roberta Rd park will be on right)

Arrive early by 9-9:15AM as traffic will be heavy.

10:00AM Men’s 8000M Championship

10:45AM Women’s 5000M Championship

COME OUT IF YOU CAN!!! The meet will be very exciting(I promise!!) and the course is extremely FAN FRIENDLY!! You can see 70% of the race from one spot(including start and finish).

Wear Green and GO NINERS!!!

directions: Charlotte, University City Boulevard, Charlotte, NC&daddr=Frank Liske Park, Stough Road, Concord, NC&hl=en&ll=35.331372,-80.674667&spn=0.073944,0.154324&sll=35.235168,-80.850375&sspn=0.009254,0.01929&geocode=FYaoGgIdrSMw-yHOdmHh0gd2uw;Fb2TGwId7Ncx-yGYN5Qxbw_aGw&vpsrc=6&mra=ls&t=h&z=13

Women 2012 A10 Indoor Champs Men 2nd!

[quote=“BleEDgreen49er, post:12, topic:25593”]Women 2012 A10 Indoor Champs Men 2nd![/quote]Congratulations to the teams and coaches!

incredibly proud!!! i love it when charlotte kicks butt–always!
congratulations to you, coach, and all your athletes!

The women must have absolutely dominated on day two to come from fourth and win 161-106.5 over second place. Congrats to the men, too. Does anyone know how/if this will affect the Capital One Cup standings? It’s nice seeing our name in 6th on the ads for it when I’m watching ESPN.




Let’s get Joe Lynn a raise baby! The man has been incredible for the program. :muscle: :call_me_hand::call_me_hand: