The RCGC Men's and Women's Cross Country teams will compete in the NJCAA Region XIX Championship Meets on Saturday, October 29, at White Clay Creek Park in Newark, DE.
The Women's team will race first starting at 11:00 am followed by the Men's race at 12:00 noon. All- Region awards are earned by the top 7 individual winners in each race. The course is loaded with trails winding up and down hills.
Last season the Women's team placed second in the Regional meet and are strong contenders again this Fall. The Roadrunners will be led by 2016 All-American Jordan Austin, and sophomore Abigayle Warren and freshman Ally Bone Austin and Warren have legitimate shots at earning All-Region honors.
"The women's program has improved tremendously over the course of the season, and our runners are excited at the chance to win a team championship," said head coach Ryan Hughes.
The Men's team, meanwhile, suffered a key injury in practice this week with the loss of sophomore standout James Kennedy, a 2016 All-American. But, with sophomore standout Jake Caruso and freshman star Mike Dowd leading the way, the Roadrunners still hope to challenge Middlesex County for the Region team crown. Dowd was recently recognized by the USTFCCCA as the Male Athlete of the Week.
Others who look to play important roles include Jacob Smeltzer, Tyler Elliis, Anthony DeMarco, and Sam Carter.
"Even though we will be without a top runner, we've stressed to the team that we've trained hard and competed in the best meets all season," said Hughes. "We are well prepared and I expect us to be competitive in the regional meet."
On that note, history is on the Roadrunners' side – the Women's program has won 13 total Region XIX championships while the Men's program has collected an impressive 16 titles, even though region championship meets were not held annually for a stretch.
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