Crusaders Campaign To Begin At Central Connecticut

Allison Fimognari

 Schedule: Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Blue Devil Invitational, New Britain, Conn., 10:00 a.m.

  • The Holy Cross women's cross country team will open the 2009 season at the Blue Devil Invitational hosted by Central Connecticut in New Britain, Conn. on Saturday, Sept. 12. The meet begins at 10:00 a.m. The Crusaders are looking to repeat last year's fast start when they won the Invitational in their first outing of the season.
  • The Crusaders enter the season after concluding last year with an 11th place finish at the ECAC Championship. Holy Cross also performed well at the National Catholic Championship, finishing sixth, and ended in 12th at the New England Championship.
  • Holy Cross features 12 returnees and welcomes nine incoming freshmen to the team. The Crusaders are led by senior co-captains Claire Luke (Delmar, N.Y.), Sarah Croteau (Westminster, Mass.) and Meghan Dunne (Mendham, N.J.). Luke's personal best last season came at the Murray Keatinge Invitational, where she finished 47th with a time of 19:19.94. Croteau's best time last season of 19:09.38 also came at the Murray Keatinge Invitational. Dunne's top performance was the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational, where she logged a time of 19:50 in helping the Crusaders finish the competition in eighth place.
  • Sophomore Paige Sutherland (Groveland, Mass.) was the top Holy Cross performer in six of the seven races she participated in last season, including at the ECAC Championship at the end of the year. She started the season with a second place finish at the Blue Devil Invitational, and followed it up with her strongest time of the season, an 18:38 effort at the National Catholic Championship, which garnered her Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors. She was also named Patriot League Runner and Rookie of the Week after her 38th place finish at the New England Championship. She is the first women's cross country athlete in Patriot League history to receive both awards in the same week.
  • Jim Kavanagh enters his 38th year as a coach at Holy Cross and 10th as the Richard L. Ahern '51 Director of Cross Country, Track and Field. Last season, Kavanagh sent seven runners to the NCAA Northeast Regional, seven to the ECAC Championship, and 14 of his runners were named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, the second-most of any school in the conference.