Mark, Get Set, Go: MCCC Women's Cross Country To Begin Training
Windsor, N.J. - Head Coach Erin Cahill has high hopes for Mercer
County Community College's fledgling women's cross country team,
set to begin training August. 1. She spent time during the spring
semester attending high school track meets and establishing contacts
"We want to get the word out that Mercer is adding this varsity
sport. Given the level of talent at area high schools, we expect
to be competitive," Cahill said.
The Vikings will compete in Division I against other regional community
colleges as well as Division II and III schools in the tri-state
area. According to Cahill, training will take place primarily at
neighboring Mercer County Park, but also at other county parks including
Veteran's Park, Princeton Battlefield and Washington Crossing. "We
will mix it up and get the team used to the terrain of other parks,"
she says. Meets will take place on Saturdays from September through
Cahill notes that because this is a new team, prior cross country
experience is not required, but runners should have a high level
of fitness and be able to handle the mileage and training associated
with a collegiate cross country program. Because of the program's
Division I status, Mercer will be able to offer in-county tuition
rates to out-of-county runners.
Cahill's goal is a roster of five or more runners to start, which
will enable Mercer to score as a team at meets. "I also hope
to create a 'feeder' system with local high schools so that they
continue to send runners to Mercer each year," she says. "Success
with our first group will help to spread the word and lay a solid
foundation for the program's growth."
Cahill comes to her coaching post with considerable experience.
As an undergraduate at The College of New Jersey from 2000-2004,
she ran varsity cross country and indoor and outdoor track. She
was a New Jersey Athletic Conference Champion in Indoor and Outdoor
Track in the 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meter events and was named
to the Div. III Atlantic Region Cross Country All-Region Team in
2003. She competed in the NCAA Division III Cross Country National
Championships in 2001 and 2003. In 2003, she helped TCNJ earn an
Atlantic Region Championship and a ninth place finish at the National
Championships. She was named to the NJ Athletic Conference All-Conference
Team in Cross Country and Indoor and Outdoor Track all four seasons
of her undergraduate career.
Cahill earned her master's degree in Physical Education from The
College of New Jersey in 2006 and has coaching certification from
the American Sports Education Program.
more information on MCCC's Women's Cross Country Program, call 609-570-3741
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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