The 2012 women’s cross-country team returns most of the top runners from the 2011 season and includes a large group of seniors who will certainly provide strong leadership. With many women coming off a strong track season, the Cardinals exhibit great potential to return to the National Championships. Hannah Zimmerman ’13 (main photo) and Julia Mark ’13 (photo insert upper right) will be looking to finish their collegiate cross-country careers in style. After a premature end to Zimmerman’s 2011 cross-country season, she went on to become the NESCAC Champion and Open New England Champion in the 10k, finishing the 2012 track season with a personal best time of 37:21.01. Mark, who was 42nd at regionals last year, placed eighth in the 5k at the NESCAC Championships, running 18:09.00. Libby Lazare ’14 (photo insert lower right), who has been a top-three runner for the majority of her Wesleyan cross-country career and finished 50th at regionals last year, returns after running 10:35.04 for the 3k and 18:26.03 for the 5k indoors. Alanah Hall ’15 will be looking for a place on the varsity squad this year after running 10:32.85 for the 3k and 18:44.03 for the 5k. Nellie Triedman ’13 and Chloe Lalonde ’13, both top-seven runners in 2011, are returning from spring semesters abroad and will be eager to resume racing. A large sophomore class will also be looking for some big breakthroughs during the 2012 season.
After competing against their alums to get their feet wet on Sat., Sept. 8, the women start the regular-season schedule Sat., Sept. 22 with the annual Wesleyan Invitational. The squad has a new event on the slate in 2012 with a trip to Lehigh for the Paul Short Invitational on the schedule Fri., Sept. 28. As always, the Cardinals will be concentrating on the Little Three meet Oct. 13, the NESCAC Championship Sat., Oct. 27 and the New England Div. III meet Sat., Nov. 10, through which the team and individuals qualify for the NCAAs, as the crux of the campaign.