CONWAY, S.C. Coastal Carolina Universitys womens cross country team and head coach Alan Connie will kick off the 2005 cross country season this weekend as they compete in the Covered Bridge Open in Boone, N.C. at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2.
Leading CCU as it attempts to capture its fifth consecutive Big South Conference title is senior Anne Marie Moutsinga (Galati, Romania/Radu Negru). Moutsinga a three-time All-Conference selection, and the conferences Womens Runner of the Year in two of the last three seasons.
Also returning this season for the Chanticleers is sophomore Aubrey Bergquist (Pataskala, Ohio/Watkins Memorial) who finished 11th at last seasons Big South Championships. Junior Eileen Wicker (Quinton, Va./New Kent) who battled ilness last season and will look to recapture her 2003 form when she was finished third in Big South. Sophomore Nikki Jasperson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers) was 21st in the Big South a year ago. Senior Jessica Goeden (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids) was 28th last year and junior Danielle Hagler (Beach Haven, N.J./Southern Regional) was seventh in Big South in 1500m during track season. Sophomore Claudia Witte (Warlin, Germany/Sportgymnasium Neubrandenburg) is also returning to compete this season.
The new additions to the squad this season include four freshmen: Saskia Janssen (Schwalmtal, Germany), Felicitas Mensing (Neuhausen, Germany/Leplergy Secondary School), Estelle Oberson (Geneva, Switzerland/Emilie-Gourd) and Keli Jo White (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth). Janssen and Mensing were both members of the German Junior National Cross Country and Track & Field team. Oberson ran for the Switzerland Junior National Cross Country Team and was a two-time Swiss Junior National Cross Country Champion. White was All-State in Ohio in the 800m during track & field season.
Among the other ten school competing against Coastal this weekend are Florida State, Davidson and VMI.
Following Fridays event, Coastal will next be in action Sept. 17 as it hosts the Coastal Carolina Invitational starting at 9 a.m.