CNU Track & Field/Cross Country Newsletters

November 15, 2014 - NCAA South/Southeast Region XC Championships

posted Nov 17, 2014, 6:46 PM by Tyler Wingard   [ updated Nov 17, 2014, 6:52 PM ]

Following the outstanding team performances at the CAC Championships, both the men and women of CNU were ranked 3rd among the South/Southeast Region.  With two automatic berths on the line at the Regional Championships, both squads arrived in Rome, Georgia believing they could be the first team qualifiers for CNU since the men of 1994.  After two strong races and a lot of post-race drama, the women had earned another week for their season.

The men raced first and found the course on Berry College's campus to have a few challenges.  A quick narrowing and uneven footing in the first mile squeezed the field and made re-positioning difficult.  The Captains found themselves further back than hoped and started the work of moving forward through the middle miles as a lead pack separated from the rest of the field. Sophomore JJ LaPointe (Arlington, VA) nearly bridged the gap as he ultimately battled to a 21st place finish for his second All-Region accolades.  Billy Rabil (Springfield, VA) closed best on his teammate and finished in 24th followed 11 seconds later by freshman teammate Grayson Reid (Glen Allen, VA), each earning their first All-Region honors. Jeff Dover (Moyock, NC) (43rd) and Daniel Richard (Manassas, VA) (46th) finished up the scoring for the Captains. Daniel Read (Virginia Beach, VA) (57th) and Brad Turner (Williamsburg, VA) (60th) rounded out the squad.  Their 165 points left them 4th behind dominating team runs from Emory (62pts) and Bridgewater (65pts) plus a Centre squad just out of reach at 110pts.  The Captains and the next three teams behind them were separated by just 12 points.

The women faced similar early challenges to the men and, like their teammates, showed determination rather than panic as they moved themselves into contention.  Also like the men, every passed runner heading in to the finish line would be crucial. Hannah Bullen (Henrico, VA) led the Captains through the crowd in the middle of the race with Lydia Cromwell (Round Hill, VA) staying close behind until moving by her in the final stretch. Both passed several runners in the final kilometer. Senior Julie Machamer (Norfolk, VA) made a steady march forward while sophomores Emmie Schmitt (Spotsylvania, VA), Logan Harrington (Montpelier, VA), and Briana Stewart (Oak Hill, VA) raced with surges to keep climbing forward through the field.  As did their teammates ahead of them, all four kicked past several competitors in the final meters of the race. Schmitt, Machamer, and Harrington all finished before Centre's #4. Stewart rolled by their #5 and kept going.

After mid-race estimates had the Captains about 30 points behind Centre College, at the finish line it was too close to call.  When the last runner crossed the finish line and the timing crew broadcast the final results: Emory - Christopher Newport - Centre...  Amid the celebrations a closer look: Emory 62 - Christopher Newport 125 - Centre 125...

Cross Country typically uses one of two tie-breakers: 6th place finisher (advantage CNU 40-67) or head-to-head finishes for the scoring five (advantage Centre 3-2). The NCAA uses the latter and the Captains quieted. Chip timing was used for the race with tags on the competitors' shoes and any close finishes by time would be reviewed with finish line video. Cromwell's time was 0.02 behind a competitor from Washington & Lee but upon review it was determined Cromwell was actually across the line first. Emory 62 - Christopher Newport 124 - Centre 125.

For an additional burst of drama, the initial reporting of the updated scores did not count the teams' displacing finishers and showed Centre ahead of CNU.  When all of the dust finally settled, the Captains were indeed heading to Mason, OH for the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.

This is the first women's team to qualify for the National Championship and 8 total All-Region finishers is also a high-water mark for CNU.

November 1, 2014 - Capital Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships

posted Nov 7, 2014, 9:40 AM by Tyler Wingard

2014 XC All-Conference

Six women and four men earned All-CAC Honors for the Captains at the 2014 Cross Country Championships.  Both squads repeated their 2013 finishes - a Title defense for the women and another Runner-Up score for the men, this time behind Salisbury University.  Also a repeat of last year, the Captains earned both Rookie of the Year honors as Hannah Bullen (Henrico, VA) and Grayson Reid (Glen Allen, VA) were the first freshman finishers in their respective races.  Head Coach Matthew Barreau claimed another Women's Coach of the Year award based on the team's performance.

Hannah BullenGrayson Reid

Mary Washington's course at Four Winds Golf Club in Rappahannock Academy, just outside Fredericksburg, was flat and fast and the fields took advantage - none better than the CNU harriers.  Every Captain in the two races posted their fastest every times for 8k (men) or 6k (women).  Seven men claimed new spots in the Sub-26 Club and three more were within 5 seconds of the threshold.  Nine women finished under the 24 minutes with a tenth missing by less than 3 seconds.  At the front, six women broke 23 minutes and five bested Emily Low's 22:22 (adjusted for Salisbury's short course) that stood as the CNU 6k standard for 10 years.

Both the men and the women head to Rome, Georgia next weekend for the NCAA South/Southeast Region Championships ranked third.  Top two teams earn automatic berths to Nationals.

2014 Cross Country Regular Season Review

posted Oct 29, 2014, 4:04 PM by Tyler Wingard   [ updated Oct 29, 2014, 4:05 PM ]

The 2014 XC Season started with high expectations – defending Conference Champions on the women’s side and a 4th place finish for the men at the South/Southeast Region Championships and only one senior graduated off each squad.  Early training sessions showed that the team put in good work over the summer and arrived on campus fit and focused.

The first competitive test occurred on a short course in Richmond.  The top five women finished in a 31 second spread led by senior Julie Machamer (Norfolk, VA) at 11:40 for the 2-Mile course.  That effort earned her CAC Athlete of the Week honors.  The men raced a 5k course and 9 Captains posted their best ever times for that distance. Sophomore Billy Rabil (Springfield, VA) was first across the line for CNU. Stories:  Preview  Wrap-Up  

Up next was another shorter-than-championship-distance meet at William & Mary’s hilly course. Machamer led the women again, improving her XC 5k best by 30 seconds (and a course best by almost 3 minutes) to 19:32.9.  Sophomore Logan Harrington (Montpelier, VA) also posted a 30 second best with her 20:05.2 effort.  The top 10 men ran a workout while the second pack raced the 6k course in Williamsburg.  Sam Murch (Chesterfield, VA) and Ricardo Cabrera (Richmond, VA) ran in lockstep most of the way with Murch finishing just a little stronger – 20:44.7 to 20:50.6. Stories:  Preview  Wrap-Up

2014 WXC Cathcart ChampsThe third meet on the schedule was a return to the site of the 2013 Capital Athletic Conference Championships – Salisbury’s notoriously fast course at Winter Place Park.  The women had an outstanding day and took the team title over Slippery Rock, Kutztown, Mansfield, and 11 other scoring teams. Logan Harrington, Lydia Cromwell (Round Hill, VA), Emmie Schmitt (Spotsylvania), and Julie Machamer all joined or moved up on the 6k Sub-24 Club Lists – and Machamer did it in spite of being in the lead group that was pointed the wrong way with about a mile to go, adding about a quarter mile to her race.  JJ LaPointe (Arlington, VA) and Billy Rabil joined the 8k Sub-26 Club to lead the men to a third place finish, holding off Salisbury by 2 points.  LaPointe earned CAC Athlete of the Week honors for his 10th place finish (25:47.89). Stories:  Preview  Wrap-Up

Captains with Bill Dellinger
CNU XC With Coach Bill Dellinger at his home in Springfield, OR
A week later, the Captains were in Oregon for the Charles Bowles Invitational at Willamette University.  The trip included visits with Track & Field legends Alberto Salazar and Bill Dellinger along with a chance to face off against some of the top teams in the West Region. The men finished 4th behind Oregon, D2 power Chico State, and host Willamette while holding off D1 Central Washington and 9 other squads.  Billy Rabil edged JJ LaPointe this time with another Sub-26 effort (25:52.31) and earned the Captains' third CAC AotW honor of the season. The women lined up with four D3 teams that were in and around the National Top-35 Rankings, finishing behind 3 and ahead of 1. They were fourth over-all, paced by Harrington’s break-out 18:54.20 – over a minute faster than her previous best 5k and the fifth fastest time in CNU History. Stories:  Preview  Wrap-Up

After a soggy Fall Break camping trip, the team returned to host the CNU XC Invitational at Lee Hall Mansion.  The men took the title over VCU, defending CAC Champions York College, Norfolk State and four others.  Senior Sam Martin (Rockville, MD) led the way at 26:40.9 and 30 seconds later, fellow senior Brad Turner (Williamsburg, VA) finished the scoring for the Captains.  The women’s pack did not hold together quite as well behind Harrington’s and Machamer’s huge course bests (23:51.2 and 24:19.0, respectively).  The team finished fourth out of eight squads. 
Stories:  Preview  Wrap-Up

The Championships Season begins this Saturday (Nov. 1) with the CAC Championships at the Four Winds Golf Club in Rappahannock, VA.  Conference previews, including video interviews with the coaches are available on the Capital Athletic Conference website (  At the top of the alphabet - and the pre-season Conference Polls - Coach Barreau's spots lead off both videos.

Berry College hosts the South/Southeast Region Championships on their campus in Rome, GA on November 15th.

A week later, Division III descends on Mason, OH for the National Championships hosted by Wilmington College.

2013-14 TFXC Post-Season Awards & Summary

posted Aug 13, 2014, 1:00 PM by Tyler Wingard

All-Academic Honors were announced by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association for the Track & Field seasons.  Teams with a combined cumulative GPA of at least 3.10 were eligible along with individual student-athletes who ranked among the National Top-35 in their event(s) and carried a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30.
2014 CAC Women's Outdoor Champs
For the fourth year in a row and sixth time in the last seven years, CNU's Women's Track & Field Team earned the All-Academic Team recognition, joining the Women's Cross Country Team's inclusion last fall.  Four individuals made the cut: Jessica McClelland (Stafford, VA), Enuma Ezenwa (Herndon, VA), and Jennifer Westerholm (Stafford, VA) all earned their second All-Academic Awards and Leah Richardson (Dinwiddie, VA) claimed her first honor.  All four competed at the Div. III Outdoor Track & Field Championships this spring.  McClelland also earned Academic All-State Team honors from the Virginia Sports Information Direcotrs (VaSID).

Jessica McClellandJennifer WesterholmLeah Richardson

Final stats on the year for CNU TFXC:

National Champion #66 – Richard Roethel (Decathlon)
All-American #493 – Dominique Torres (Outdoor Triple Jump – Runner-up; Indoor 7th Place)
Men's Team finished 14th at the Outdoor National Championships
10 NCAA National Championships Entries
19 NCAA Div. III Top-50 Performers
5 National All-Academic Team Members plus team honors for Women’s XC and T&F
2 Indoor S/SE Region Field Athletes of the Year (Roethel and Enuma Ezenwa)
3 S/SE Region #1 Rankings (Men’s Indoor, Men’s & Women’s Outdoor - Women #2 Indoors)
3 Women's Conference Titles, 3 Men's Runner-Up Finishes
21 Conference Records
4 Conference Athletes of the Year
24 Conference Champions
69 All-Conference Honors (Top 16 for XC, Top 2 for T&F)
9 School Records
80 New CNU All-Time Performance List Entries (127 changes during the year) 
17 Fall Semester & 16 Spring Semester Dean's List Members
40 Team Members with at least a 3.0 GPA Fall Semester (2 at 4.0); 47 Spring Semester (4 at 4.0)

2013-14 Track & Field Season Recap - Outdoor

posted Aug 13, 2014, 11:56 AM by Tyler Wingard

The outdoor season started just up the road from campus at William & Mary.  Madison Bloxom (Parksley, VA) opened her first full season in the Javelin with her first landing over 100’ (32.27m/105-10) to highlight 17 team PRs. Stories:  Preview  Wrap-Up

30 more team PRs helped the Captains sweep the Commonwealth Duals – multi-dual competition with Washington & Lee and Virginia Wesleyan.  The “metric milers” took care of 10 of those PRs in the men’s and women’s 1500m races. Stories:  Preview  Wrap-Up  

CNU 4x1500 Record HoldersBack in Williamsburg for the Colonial Relays, Jessica McClelland (Stafford, VA) upped the ante with a School Record in the 1500m and led off another School Record in the Distance Medley Relay.  The men also claimed top spot on CNU’s DMR list. Stories:  Preview  Day 1  Day 2

The following weekend’s most memorable event could have been the tire blow-out on one of the team buses heading down to North Carolina A&T.  Logan Harrington (Montpelier, VA) changed that with a powerful victory in the 800m – a big 2:13.99 PR to put her in the hunt for a Nationals berth.  For good measure, she cranked out a 57.7 split on the 4x4 and rushed Jennifer Westerholm (Stafford, VA) to her first sub-60 split.  More was coming… Stories:  Preview  Wrap-Up

Jennifer WesterholmAs with the indoor season, the team stayed home for a final conference tune-up:  The New Captains Classic & Combined Events.  As with the indoor season, the Captains demonstrated their readiness – this time with 71 team PRs.  The Decathletes and Heptathletes earned a large share of them and Richard Roethel (Farmingville, NY) cobbled together an impressive 6723 point total in his first competition of the outdoor season.  That was plenty to get him in to the National Championships.  Westerholm put herself in the Heptathlon picture with a big PR 4230.  The distance group packed 6 men under 15:40 in the 5k with 5 more crossing the line over the next 60 seconds.

Dominique TorresThe CAC Outdoor Championships followed much the same script as the Indoor Championships – a dominant win for the women and a runner-up finish for the men – though this time much closer to Salisbury.  Harrington earned Rookie of the Year honors for her Conference Record in the 800m, runner-up finish in the 1500m (also under the old Meet Record), and a 56.6 anchor on the CAC Record 4x400m Relay.  Robert Mayes (Culpeper, VA) (400m) and Samuel Martin (Rockville, MD) (1500m) etched their names on the CAC Record Board for the men.  Dominique Torres (Chesapeake, VA) swept the horizontal jumps and his Triple Jump earned him another Nationals berth. Stories:  Preview  Day 1  Day 2

Jessica McClellandEach of the Final Qualifier meets that followed resulted in a National Qualifying performance for the Captains.  At the Virginia Challenge, Leah Richardson (Dinwiddie, VA)WesterholmEnuma Ezenwa (Herndon, VA), and Harrington ran alone out front of their heat to a 3:51.55 finish in the 4x400m Relay.  Testing out the National Championships site at Ohio Wesleyan University, Ezenwa (4491 SR) and Westerholm (4461 CNU #2) both earned berths in the Heptathlon.  Jessica McClelland got hers at the Swarthmore Last Chance with a 1500m School Record 4:33.40.  Finally, at the Salisbury Elite Final Qualifier, Harrington added the 800m to her Nationals agenda with a 2:12.92. Stories:  VA Challenge  SWAT/OWU Day 1  OWU Day 2  Salisbury

Richard Roethel - 2014 ChampWomen's 4x400 RelayTorres - Nationals
Day 1 at the National Championships saw Roethel battle through his first five events and hold 2nd in the Decathlon at the mid-way point.  Ezenwa had a best ever score for her first four events and Westerholm was also on a solid pace.  McClelland ran a smart round and earned a place in the 1500m Finals.  The women’s 4x4 field turned out to be the deepest in Div. III history as the Captains posted the fastest ever 10th place time – 3:48.91.  On Day 2, Roethel finished strong and claimed his second National Title – first in the Decathlon with a School Record 7086 point total.  Ezenwa finished 16th and Westerholm 19th, each with their second best Heptathlon scores ever.  Harrington shaved her 800m PR down once again to 2:12.83 and finished her season 17th in the Nation.  McClelland wrapped up her career with an 11th place finish in the 1500m finals while Torres turned in a clutch 3rd-attempt 14.89m/48-10.25 in the Triple Jump that held up for the runner-up spot and elevated the men’s team score to 18 points – good enough for 14th place over-all. Stories:  Preview  Day 1  Day 2  Day 3

2013-14 Track & Field Season Recap - Indoor

posted Aug 13, 2014, 11:53 AM by Tyler Wingard

For the first time in decades, the CNU Track & Field teams were part of the department’s over-all conference and could contribute to the Conference All-Sports Trophy.  With Indoor and Outdoor titles claimed by the women’s team and runner-up finishes by the men, the Captains took the Capital Athletic Conference Richard C. Cook All-Sports Award and the Women’s Commissioner’s Award.

Here is how the Track & Field seasons unfolded:

Daulton TeafordAfter the December Holiday Open, the Indoor season resumed for the Captains with an elite group traveling to the New York City Armory were freshman Logan Harrington (Montpelier, VA) and Daulton Teaford (White Post, VA) posted All-Time marks on the storied banked track.  The rest of the squad posted a dozen PRs in Maryland. Stories:  Rankings  Preview  Wrap-Up

A week later, the Captains returned home and posted 53 PRs and 4 more CNU All-Time Performances.  The biggest performance of the weekend was Richard Roethel’s (Farmingville, NY) return to the Heptathlon where he posted a National Qualifying mark. Stories:  Preview  Day 1  Day 2  CAC Honors Richard Roethel

Kendrick McMinnAt the JDL FastTrack in Winston-Salem, throwers Kendrick McMinn (Virginia Beach, VA) and Robert (Trey) Graham (King George, VA) continued their season string of one or the other lobbing a new All-Time distance in the Weight Throw.  This time both improved the CNU Top-10 List. Stories:  Rankings/Preview  Day 1  Day 2

The Vince Brown Invitational served as the final tune-up for CNU’s first CAC Indoor Championship.  31 more PRs and 6 All-Time Performances showed the Captains were primed and ready.  The High Jump corps flexed their strength and depth with two women clearing 1.63m/5-4.25, another over 1.58m/5-2.25, and three more cleared 1.53m/5-0.25. Stories:  Preview  Wrap-Up

2014 CAC Women's TF ChampsTen CAC Meet Records belonged to the Captains when the Championships closed.  The women’s team dominated – nearly doubling up Mary Washington’s second place point total.  Salisbury’s men were almost as dominant with CNU holding off strong challenges from Wesley and York Colleges to secure the runner-up spot.  Enuma Ezenwa (Herndon, VA) earned National Athlete of the Week honors after posting two Meet Records in the 60m Hurdles, anchoring another in the 4x400m Relay, and winning the Long Jump on the way to contributing 36.5 points to the team total.  Dominque Torres (Chesapeake, VA) bounced to a Conference Record and a National Qualifier in the Men’s Triple Jump. Stories:  Preview  Wrap-Up  USTFCCCA Honors Enuma Ezenwa

Samuel MartinNationals hopefuls spent their spring break touring Final Qualifier meets with good results.  Roethel added the High Jump to his Nationals schedule with a 2.11m/6-11 clearance at George Mason – on a blown-out shoe, no less.  Ezenwa posted a School Record at the CNU Pentathlon/Heptathlon and earned herself a trip to Nebraska for the Championships.  Samuel Martin (Rockville, MD) broke the School Record in the Mile at the Tufts Final Qualifier in Boston and broke it again two days later at the NYC Armory. Stories:  GMU  Pentathlon  Heptathlon

2014 NCAA TF Indoor CompetitorsRichard Roethel and Enuma Ezenwa received South/Southeast Region Field Athlete of the Year honors at the National Championships Banquet prior to competition in Lincoln, NE.  Two days later, Dominique Torres claimed an award for himself - his first All-American in the Triple Jump with a 7th place finish.  Enuma Ezenwa ended up 10th in the Pentathlon while Roethel struggled with a complex of injuries that caused him to withdraw from both the High Jump and Heptathlon. Stories:  S/SE Region Awards  Day 1  Day 2

December 7, 2013 -- Holiday Open

posted Jan 17, 2014, 10:14 PM by Tyler Wingard

The 2013-14 Track & Field seasons started, as usual for the Captains, at home.  With much anticipation for the year's opportunities, the chance to finally put some marks on the board was very welcome.  11 team members produced 14 Personal Records on the day and four claimed new positions on the CNU All-Time Lists: Jessica McClelland (Stafford, VA) - #3 in the Mile; Kendrick McMinn (Virginia Beach, VA) - #5 in the Weight Throw; Lydia Cromwell (Round Hill, VA) - #9 in the 5k; and Sam Martin (Rockville, MD) - #10 in the Mile.

The team returned to campus a few days before classes resumed for the spring semester to reaffirm and enhance the team culture.  Paired with a heavy training cycle, the team made ready for the re-start of the season and enters the weekend of January 18th even more excited for the opportunities available.

Most of the team is headed to the Prince George County Sport and Learning Complex for Maryland's Terrapin Invitational.  Part of the squad will represent the Captains at the famed Armory Track in New York City for the Ramapo College Indoor Select.  The latter meet is set up as a showcase for some of the top teams and athletes in Division III and Division II - and the CNU Men arrive with a pre-season #15 Ranking.

Live Results are available for the Terrapin Invitational at

Information, results, and video from the Ramapo Indoor Select will be on the Armory Track site:

Jessica McClelland


Samuel Martin

CNU Men's Indoor Track & Field Team Ranked 15th in the USTFCCCA National Preseason Poll

Jessica McClelland
Distance Runners Lead CNU Track & Field to a Solid Performance at the Holiday Open

Robert Mayes

CNU Track & Field Opens Up the 2013-14 Indoor Season on Saturday with the Holiday Open

November 16, 2013 - NCAA S/SE Region XC Championships & Insight from Brad Turner (Jr. - Williamsburg, VA)

posted Nov 22, 2013, 11:01 AM by Tyler Wingard

Lee Hall Mansion was the backdrop for the 2013 South/Southeast Region Championships and the course received rave reviews from the visiting coaches and competitors.  Both course records were shattered in what the veteran coaches called the strongest S/SE field in memory.  As a team, the women struggled for the first time in 2013, but found individual victories in three course-best times, two of which were all-time 6k bests for sophomore Alexa Tabackman (McClean, VA) and senior Jessica McClelland (Stafford, VA).  McClelland's performance was her 6k best by 30 seconds and a course best by 90 seconds.  at 23:06.88, she finished 18th over-all.  The men held together a bit better as a team and finished 4th - their highest finish in a decade.  Four Captains raced to 8k bests and another added a course best.  Senior Aaron Zook (Harrisonburg, VA) and frosh JJ LaPointe (Arlington, VA) just missed joining the sub-26 club (26:02.91 and 26:09.57), but both earned their first All-Region honors placing 27th and 30th, respectively.

Jess McClelland

From Brad Turner:  

As I alighted from the van on the morning of November 16th, 2013, a memory from a year ago resurfaced in my mind. There was a day, many moons ago, when the 2012 CNU Cross Country team was hustled into vans on a September afternoon to view our newly acquired home course. The team arrived to a savanna-like field with knee-high grass and no signs of a marked path, let alone a 6 or 8k cross country course. Between that afternoon and present day, Lee Hall Mansion had been the site of many a morning fartleks and meets. On the morning of the Regional meet, it was decked out with a painted CNU Captains logo, countless NCAA banners (some of which we discovered are too large to hang in a dorm room), and most importantly, the largest and most enthusiastic crowd of Christopher Newport supporters. 

As the dust settled from the races, a few things became clear. The meet could not have been possible if it were not for the countless numbers of alumni, friends, parents, coaches, and teammates that compromised the workforce to run the meet. Thank you for performing any of the tasks ranging from marshaling and merchandising to announcing and administrating. Let us not forget the tunnel of fans from crest of the final hill through to the finish. You made this a worthy experience not only for the home team, but also for all of the teams that trekked to Newport News to compete that weekend.

Another realization was that although neither team accomplished their goal of earning a top-2 finish to clinch an automatic berth to NCAAs, we still have many accomplishments on paper to be proud of. The men’s fourth-place effort at the Regional meet marks our best finish in over a decade. The women’s team still captured CNU’s first Capital Athletic Conference Championship. The men’s team showed a new audacity in racing as we briefly led the field in Williams Purple Valley Classic and were within 20 points of York College on both occasions we faced them. 

These achievements grew from a new level of commitment and sacrifice on our team that is best symbolized by the efforts of our seniors, Aaron and Jess. Both ran their best races of their careers, earning All-Region honors in the process. Back in May, before cross country even began, the returners talked about how we wanted to buy into the program. We were tired of finishing our seasons excusing our efforts with lines like “but what if we had ran over the summer?”, “but what if I had called my teammate out when he shouldn’t have missed morning practice?”. Our team responded with a new sense of ownership, a determination to finish our work with no excuses or speculations. Everyone had the same level of sacrifice, making the whole season an experience that bonded us and made it the most fulfilling season of cross country I’ve ever participated in.

And here’s the best part:  we get to do it all over again. Happy Track Season.

Bradly Turner
Brad Turner
Williamsburg, VA (Jamestown HS)
American Studies Major

HS XC 5k Best - 17:04 (2010 XC Invitational)
CNU XC 8k Best - 26:48 (2013 CNU XC Invitational)

CNU #5 All-Time - Outdoor 10k

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Jess McClelland

Three Captains Earn All-Region Honors as CNU Cross Country Wraps up the South/Southeast Regionals

XC Regionals

CNU Cross Country Set to Compete in the NCAA Regional Championships on Saturday at Lee Hall Mansion

November 2, 2013 - Capital Athletic Conference XC Championships & Insight from Jess McClelland (Sr. - Stafford, VA)

posted Nov 3, 2013, 6:23 PM by Tyler Wingard   [ updated Nov 3, 2013, 6:25 PM ]

Salisbury was a great host for the Captains' first CAC Championships - perfect weather, a fast course, and outstanding competition.  The women led off with a fantastic team effort and the men followed suit.  24 Captains competed in the two races and 14 posted 6k or 8k best times (with the women's adjusted for the short course).  Three more men posted best times for the Winter Place Park course.  Three more women were within 5 seconds of their best-ever 6k performances.  Frosh Briana Stewart (Oakton HS - Oak Hill, VA) and JJ LaPointe (Bishop O'Connell HS - Arlington, VA) earned Rookie of the Year honors as the first rookie finishers in their races.  Coach Barreau was voted Women's Coach of the Year.

2013 CAC Women's Cross Country Champions

From Jess McClelland:  

Friday at noon our men and women, along with our team mascot Rock, climbed onto the bus and started making our way up the Eastern Shore to Salisbury, MD for the Capitol Athletic Conference Championships.  Our team has competed on this course the past three years so we were no stranger to the flat, fast course that we would compete on come Saturday. All of us, including our freshman who had never been there before, were eager to race on such a fast course and hit a new PR while fighting to be the first team in CNU history to bring home a trophy from the CAC.

     We stepped off the bus and began our pre-meet course preview.  A few of our girls have been fighting injuries and used this time to feel out if they would be able to compete the following morning.  We went to sleep on Friday not knowing which of our teammates would be healthy enough to toe the line in the morning but regardless, we knew that we had business to take care of one way or another.  Our team has worked hard every day since August (often twice a day) grinding out workouts and pushing ourselves together to be better, and to put ourselves in position to accomplish our goals this season.  And that first goal was winning the conference title our first year in a new conference.

     Saturday morning came and the women raced first at 11:00.  We were happy to have all 11 girls who traveled able to spike up and compete.   The gun went off, and 100 meters into the race the course funneled into a narrow path making the first mile of the race like a stampede. All of us girls were running on top of each other, trying to keep out feet, watch out for elbows, and try not to get our pony tails pulled mid-stride.  Half way through the woods loop, the path widened briefly and the field began to stretch out.  Our team comfortably had 5 girls running in the front pack.  

     Going into the race, we knew that we needed to just do what we have been doing all season- run together and win the day.  We knew that York would probably be our closest competition but it wasn’t our job to worry about them; we just needed to focus on us and race our own race.  All of the teammates, family, and friends wearing CNU blue that came out to support us was incredible.  We had fans cheering loud for us all the way around the course and the energy it perpetuated was so exciting.  Our team had a great race! We finished with our top 5 girls in the top 11 overall, each earning all-conference honors.  The amount of PRs we ran was ridiculous and our top 5 girls joined the sub-club for running under 24:00 for a 6k.  You know it was a good day when your coaches hurry over to your team post-race wearing huge smiles to hug everyone and say they are proud of you.  We were conference Champions!!  

     Our men took 2nd place behind the top quality York team. They ran a great race as a team and clocked one of the best team performances the program has had in about a decade.  We celebrated with a team cookout after the meet was over with all of our team, family, and friends.  We took about a million pictures, and the team champion T-shirts that our girls got were an added bonus.

     This was my last xc conference championship and the most memorable one for me.  It was not my first team conference victory, but it was the one we had to work the hardest to earn.  I am so proud of all my teammates, especially the ones who were injured and raced for their team anyway.  It was so encouraging and motivating to watch that happen.  I am lucky to be a part of this CNU XC team.  I can’t wait to see what we do at Regionals on our home course in two weeks. GO CAPTAINS!

Jessica McClelland headshot
Jessica McClelland
Stafford, VA (North Stafford HS)
Biology Major

CNU XC Sub-24 Club
CNU #4 All-Time - Indoor Mile
CNU #8 All-Time - Indoor 3k
CNU #10 All-Time - Indoor 5k
CNU School Record - Indoor 4x800m Relay
CNU School Record - Indoor Distance Medley Relay

CNU #10 All-Time - Outdoor 800m
CNU #3 All-Time - Outdoor 1500m


2013 CAC Women's Cross Country Champions
CNU Women's Cross Country Claims First CAC Championship; Men Finish Second at Conference Title Meet

2013 XC Runners

CNU Cross Country Heads to Salisbury for the CAC Championships on Saturday

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October 19, 2013 - The CNU XC Invitational & Insight from Sam Martin (Jr. - Rockvill, MD)

posted Oct 23, 2013, 7:42 PM by Tyler Wingard

The Jayhawks from Johns Hopkins University brought National Power to the 2nd Annual CNU XC Invitational at Lee Hall Mansion.  Their women are defending Div. III National Champions and their men are also ranked as one of the top teams in the country.  York College - two-time defending men's CAC Champions also lined up for a preview of the conference clash two weeks ahead.  While JHU ran away with both races, the women had a tight battle with York and region challengers Washington & Lee and got the best of both rivals.  The men held off the upstart Generals of W&L but fell just short of York (6 points) with team front-runner Andrew Benfer pulling up mid-race.  Six men and two women posted course or distance best.  After the races, the team left for a Fall Break camping trip to help the team take a deep breath before the stretch run through the Conference and Region Championships.

Lydia Cromwell

From Sam Martin:  

     Last Saturday at our home invite, we found ourselves at a bit of a crossroads. Saturday marked the end of the so-called “regular season” and the beginning of the postseason. Team camp loomed on the horizon and the meet was hyped as a “statement” meet. With all those thoughts swirling in our heads it would have been easy to tank the race, but our philosophy is to win the day, to focus on what we do on any given day and not to worry about tomorrow. We don’t just go through the motions.

Pretty much the entire team would be racing together for the first time since the Hampden-Sydney meet and so the excitement and nervous energy in the air was palpable. The women set the tone with a tight pack up front in the 6k race. Warming up with the 8k men, it was a confidence booster to see Emmie, Briana, and Lydia finishing boom-boom-boom, one right after the other. The men faced some adversity with Benfer dropping out, unbeknownst to those racing, but we responded as a group and concluded the day with a number of personal bests. Coach Barreau kept asking us to move our pack up in the race and we succeeded in doing that. It wasn’t the tight pack from Williams, but we took risks and made a statement. The 3k provided opportunity for some to make individual statements of their own, for the more track-inclined to race without dreading 5 miles of pain, and for those already done to get a kick out of watching Coach Barreau race and all the men trying to hold him off.

Team Camp at James River State Park was a blast. From setting up camp by car headlights on Saturday night to our version of a Tour de France mountain stage on Tuesday, we bonded as a team, laughing, creating memories to cherish, and enjoying “Family Time” with little to no cell coverage. Highlights included a pit stop at the Tye River Scenic Overlook on Sunday’s long run, an excursion to a pumpkin patch and corn maze Sunday afternoon, lunch and jumping off Panther Falls (some not jumping, others jumping only once, and the crazies jumping between two and ten times) and the hilarious Survivor-like challenge of standing in front of a raging fire for a long as possible while shirtless on Monday, and the infamous, thigh-bursting 4.7 mile mountain ascent on Tuesday to cap off an outstanding weekend.

Refreshed, we look to continue winning the day each and every day, knowing that there are still goals to accomplish and a journey to finish and there is no group I’d rather finish this journey with than my CNU XC family.

Samuel Martin
Sam Martin
Rockville, MD (Richard Montgomery HS)
History Major

HS 5k XC Best - 15:58.88 (Montgomery County XC Championships)
CNU #5 All-Time Indoor 800m - 1:55.61
CNU #2 All-Time Outdoor 1500m - 3:54.20
Mason-Dixon Conference Outdoor 1500m Champion (2013)
USATF Jr. Nationals Qualifier - 1500m (2012 Outdoor)


Lydia Cromwell
Women Place Second, Men Third as the Captains Excel During the CNU Cross Country Invitational

Bradley Turner
Captains Host CNU Cross Country Invitational on Saturday at Lee Hall Mansion

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