The Connecticut College women's cross country team will open the 2011 season Saturday with the Trinity College Invitational at Wickham Park in Manchester, Conn.
This fall, the Camels will be led senior by tri-captains Lindsay Paiva (Coventry, R.I.), Kerry Dermody (Erieville, N.Y.) and Libby Maret (Sandy Hook, Conn.).
Paiva was the Camels' top finisher at the New England Division III Championship (75th, 24:27) and the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship (55th, 24:11) last season and will look to build on her successful junior campaign this fall.
Dermody has vaulted her way up to the top of the ladder and is coming off a productive season that saw her finish second for the Camels at the New England Division III (88th, 24:51) and NESCAC Championship (82nd, 25:03) events.
Maret is a determined runner who has earned the respect of her coaches and peers with a tireless work ethic and could be running with the top seven this fall for the Camels.
Senior Ally Bonito (Guilford, Conn.) was the sixth Camel finisher at the New England Division III Championship last year (183rd, 26:27) and should improve on that finish and battle for one of the top five scoring spots this fall.
Senior Lianne Swanson (Franklin, Mass.) has been running extremely well in the pre-season and is ready to contribute in the top group after spending her junior season abroad. The Camels will also look for senior Anne Kearney to make her move for a spot in the top seven.
Junior Michelle Wesley continues to improve on her time and will battle for one of the top seven spots this season.
Sophomore Grace Glynn is off to a fast start and ready to compete with the top group.
The Camels will also count on a pair of first year harriers: Nicky Jasbon and Heather Rochford to make immediate contributions on the cross country trails this fall.
Head coach Ned Bishop is the master motivator who will get the most out of every runner's potential. Bishop is looking forward to another exciting season of Camel cross country.
"We had a very successful 4k time trial Saturday which has us encouraged heading into our first meet," Bishop said as he was headed out to practice."
After running their first four races on the road, the Camels will return home to host their annual home invitational Oct. 15 at Harkness Park in Waterford, Conn.
September 7, 2011