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Cross Country: 2014 Preview

Friday, August 29, 2014

The 2014 Westminster cross country teams are led by eighth-year head coach Tim McNeil '96. The men's team finished fourth at the 2013 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championships, while the women's team placed seventh.

The men's team was picked to finish fourth in the PAC Preseason Coaches' Poll, while the women's team was picked to finish fifth.

The men's team returns three lettermen from a season ago, led by sophomores Matt Slagle and John-Scott Somora who finished second and fourth, respectively, at the 2013 PACs. Sophomore Neil Christopher rounds out the returning letterwinners.

"The men's team lost quite a few talented runners to graduation, but return Slagle and Somora who placed well at the PACs," McNeil said. "Newcomers junior Chase Whelan and freshman Trevor Arrigoni will really help the team this year. The men's team will not have a senior returning letterman competing, but that will allow for some young talent to take on a leadership role."

Senior Jenny Jones, a three-time All-PAC honoree, is among four of the returning letterwinners for the women's team. Jones placed 11th at the 2013 PACs with a career-best PAC Championship time of 23:29.50.

"Jones hopes to capitalize on a really strong finish to the track & field season and will lead a lot of new and talented girls into the PAC," McNeil said.

The other returning letterwinners are sophomore Keilah Ireland, junior Sara Monts, and sophomore Jenny Rodgers.

"Our women's team looks to bounce back from a disappointing 2013 finish," added McNeil. "With many newcomers, the women's team could field one of the faster teams we have had in the last few years."

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 379 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.