Spartans Head to Whitesburg, Georgia for 2016 UAA XC Championships

Spartans Head to Whitesburg, Georgia for 2016 UAA XC Championships

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The Case Western Reserve University cross country teams will head to Whitesburg, Georgia this weekend to compete in the 2016 University Athletic Association Championship, hosted by Emory University at McIntosh Reserve Park on Saturday, October 29th.

The men's 8,000-meter race on Saturday is slated for a 10:30 a.m. start, followed by an 11:15 a.m. start for the women's 6,000-meter race.  Fans can follow all of the action with live results for both races at http://www.ptgrouponline.com/Live/2016/Emory/UAA/.  For more information on the event, visit the official meet website at http://www.emoryathletics.com/sports/mxc/2016-17/UAA_Championships/index.

CWRU has won one men's team title, claiming the 1993 UAA Championship, while Aaron Johnston-Peck has claimed the lone individual title in the men's program history, winning the meet in 2004 and earning Most Outstanding Performer honors. 

The Spartan men finished sixth at the 2015 UAA Championships, hosted by Brandeis University, paced by a 21st-place finish from current junior Sam Merriman, who will be back to compete at this year's meet for the Spartans, along with two others who were a part of the field last year – senior Galen Caldwell (28th-place in 2015) and junior Aidan DeSanto (60th-place in 2015).  Joining the three for the Spartans will be sophomore James De La Cruz, junior James Gibson, senior Bryan Kelly, freshman Karthik Ravichandran, sophomore Ben Resnick, freshman Luke Robbins and junior Ben Whitman.

The CWRU women have claimed a pair of UAA Championships, winning the conference title in both 2006 and 2008.  Esther Erb is the only Spartan to ever win the individual title, finishing first and earned Most Outstanding Performer honors in 2007, while Kristen Bowhers is the only UAA Rookie of the Year in program history, claiming the honor in 2005.

The Spartans finished sixth in the team standings at the 2015 UAA Championships as well, paced by a 10th-place finish by Kelsey Aamoth, who earned All-UAA Second Team honors.  CWRU sophomore Isa Torres-Padin (56th-place) and junior Danielle Kulpins (72nd-place) are the team's two top-returners from last year's meet, and will be joined by sophomore Jennifer Hoffmann, junior Rachel Laveson, freshman Madeline Lindemann, freshman Vanessa Pasadyn, junior Karyn Rapundalo, sophomore Ellen Sears, sophomore Sophie Trikeriotis, and senior Laura Wheeler.

As is usually the case with the conference, both the men's and women's races will feature a highly-competitive field.  On the men's side, the field will be chasing Carnegie Mellon, which won the 2015 UAA Championship, and will enter this year's meet ranked 10th in Division III and first in the Mideast Region.  Other nationally-ranked teams competing include Washington University (13th in DIII, fourth in the Midwest Region), New York University (18th in DIII, third in the Atlantic Region) and Emory University (22nd in DIII, first in the South/Southeast Region), while Case Western Reserve (eighth in the Great Lakes), the University of Chicago (sixth in the Midwest) and Brandeis University (ninth in New England) are all regionally ranked.

For the women, Wash U. will be aiming for its third-straight UAA Title, entering the meet ranked fourth in Division III and first in the Midwest Region.  The Bears are followed in the national rankings by Chicago (13th in DIII, third in the Midwest) and Emory (19th in DIII, first in the South/Southeast), while CWRU (ninth in the Great Lakes), the University of Rochester (ninth in the Atlantic) and Brandeis (seventh in New England) are each regionally ranked.

Full results from the meet and a recap of the Spartans' performances will be posted to athletics.case.edu following the completion of competition on Saturday.