Women’s Cross Country ranked first in PSAC preseason coaches’ poll

Tyler Trumbauer​
Sports Editor/Spectator

According to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s preseason coaches’ poll, the Edinboro Fighting Scots women’s cross country team is the best squad in the entire league as the ladies are ranked first in the poll, receiving six first place votes.

Although that is a great honor, second-year head coach Rick Hammer knows it means little in the long run.

“The poll is just the opinion of some coaches,” Hammer said in a phone interview last week. “It is nice to be well thought of, but you know you never win a conference or a national title simply by being ranked first in the preseason. We need to work hard to hopefully back up what those rankings say.”

The rankings do seem justified for now as the Fighting Scots are the defending Atlantic Regional champions as well as PSAC runner ups from a successful 2013.

Hammer has a few returners from that team that are looking to repeat that success. Senior Kasey Jones, who was a top ten finisher at last year’s PSAC race and was a Nationals qualifier, looks to be the leader this fall along with classmate Emily Ahrens, who hails from Vero Beach, Florida.

“Kasey really has shown what she is made of this last track season,” Hammer commented. “She is a completely different athlete in a good way right now than she was last fall.”

Hammer also mentioned sophomore Emma Sullivan as an individual to look out for this fall. 

Other harriers that could do some harm are freshman Bekkah Bond from Malone, New York and junior Anna Hosel from Moosburg, Germany, who is a transfer student. 

With proven returners and promising newcomers, Hammer has high hopes for the team.

“The girls are a pretty good group. We want to defend our regional championship and win our first conference title in a while. Ultimately though everything will be built up towards that national race. Our goal is to be in the top ten there and it is a long season, but I think they can do that.”

The ladies begin the trek to Nationals in Lousiville, Kentucky this Saturday, September 6 at the first annual Doug Watts Distance Gala here in Edinboro at 10:30 a.m. Their last home race is on September 13 which are the Edinboro Rag Relays. Following that is the Iona Meet of Champions on September 20, the Greater Louisiville Classic on October 4 and the Wisconsin Adidas Invite on October 17.

Tyler Trumbauer is the sports editor for The Spectator. He can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.