WALTERS, HOFFMAN LEADS SHORT-HANDED RAMS TO NINTH PLACE FINISH AT CAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
WILMINGTON, N.C. – The saying goes "what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger." That's exactly the thought process of the Virginia Commonwealth University women's cross country team, who faced yet another dose of adversity at the CAA Championships this past weekend.
Running without their top runner all year, junior Hayley Sullivan, the Rams relied on a bevy of underclassmen en route to a ninth-place finish at the championships, held on the campus of UNC Wilmington.
"I'm proud of the way my girls continue to take everything in stride," Director of Cross Country Nicole Cook said. "We've been hit with a ton of adversity this year, from injuries to not getting a chance to warm up to facing fields we've never seen before. Never once did this group back down from the challenge and that's what makes me so excited about our future."
Junior Nicole Walters and freshman Caitlin Hoffman were the leaders of the Black & Gold attack over the weekend finishing in 52nd and 53rd place, posting times of 23:25 and 23:28, respectively, over the six-kilometer course. Hoffman's time was a personal best for the youngster.
The Rams will return every runner next year in hopes to continue to climb up the CAA cross country ranks.
Final Team Standings
1) James Madison 28
2) William & Mary 46
3) George Mason 102
4) Northeastern 114
5) Towson 122
6) UNC Wilmington 141
7) Delaware 182
8) Georgia State 183
9) VCU 273
10) Hofstra 302