Bloomsburg Field Hockey
November 18, 2009

Women's Cross Country Prepares for NCAA Championships

BLOOMSBURG - The Bloomsburg University women's cross country team will compete in the NCAA Division II National Championships this Saturday on the University of Southern Indiana campus in Evansville. Race time is set for noon Central Standard Time.

The Huskies, ranked 18th in the latest United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Poll, advanced by virtue of their third place finish at the NCAA Atlantic Regionals at Mansfield University on November 7. This is the second time in the last three years that Bloomsburg has made the trip to the national championships, finishing 15th as a team in 2007.

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Angelo Borealo

Bloomsburg is led by senior Angela Borealo (Easton/Easton). The top Huskies finisher at Regionals, Borealo came across the line in eighth place overall with a time of 21:45. The top-15 finish earned her all-region honors for 2009. The week before, Borealo earned All-PSAC honors with a ninth place finish at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships. Borealo's top finish of the season was at the Leopard Invitational hosted by Lafayette College. On the 6k course, she paced all women runners finishing first with a time of 21:48. Borealo also finished 11th at the Lehigh University Paul Short Run with a time of 22:00.

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Andrea Kellock

Another top runner for the Huskies is senior Andrea Kellock (Lansdale/North Penn). Kellock also earned all-region and All-PSAC honors, finishing ninth at Mansfield with a time of 21:56 and 10th at the PSAC Championships with a time of 23:23. She finished fourth place overall at the Leopard Invitational with a time of 21:56 and was a 15th place finisher at the Paul Short Run with a time of 22:04.

Rounding out the rest of the women's team will be sophomores Katie Meck (Dillsburg/Northern) and Kaitlyn McShay (Springfield/Cardinal O'Hara) and freshmen Vicki Davis (Schuylkill Haven/Schuylkill Haven), Krista Donsen (Hanover/South Western) and Kelsey Harm (Boothwyn/Cardinal O'Hara).

The course these athletes will run on promises to turn in good times. "The women's course at Southern Indiana University is a large loop that borders some of their athletic fields," stated head coach Bernie Empie. "It continues into the woods until it turns back towards their fields. The women will face a mix of hills and flat sections, running mostly on grass. It should be a pretty fast course, though nothing beats the 'racetrack' at Mansfield."

Empie is excited to make this trip to the national championships in his first year as Bloomsburg's head coach. "It is extremely exciting to have our women's team qualify for the NCAA Championships, especially with this being my first cross country season as the head coach," Empie said. "I'm proud of their efforts, their hard work and determination to make it this far. Despite injury and illness the women have persevered, in large part due to the strong leadership of the upperclassmen. Angela Borealo and Andrea Kellock lead by example on and off the course and their previous national championship experience will be an asset this weekend. Our underclassmen will look to both Angela and Andrea for strength on Saturday."

"Regardless of the course, its condition and the competition, I expect our women to meet the challenge. They have overcome every obstacle they have faced this year and expect the same on Saturday."