Big East XC Championship Preview
Do you hear that? It’s the Big East Conference Championships rolling down the tracks.
This year’s installment will be held Saturday, October 31 in Mason, Ohio at The Golf Center at King’s Island.
There are some heavy hitters in both the men’s and women’s race and we list them all here.
The men’s race begins at 11 a.m. EDT, while the women’s race begins 50 minutes later (11:50 a.m. EDT).
- Can Villanova get back to its old form? Last year the Wildcats won the conference title by scoring 23 points. Villanova’s scoring lineup went 1-2-3-6-11 with Patrick Tiernan (1st), Jordy Williamsz (3rd) and Robert DeNault (6th) all returning this year. The problem for the 25th-ranked Wildcats now is that they don’t have a strong fourth or fifth runner to put with that trio. Villanova has struggled to find depth and unless it finds it soon, it might be on the outside looking in not only for the conference title – but for a national bid, too.
- Will Georgetown finally be the groom? The Hoyas must be sick of finishing runner-up at the conference meet. Georgetown has been second eight times since 2003 and last won a title in 2008. The stars could align for the Hoyas this year as rivals Providence and Villanova don’t look as formidable. Georgetown will need strong races from Jonathan Green, Darren Fahy and Scott Carpenter to return to the top of the podium.
- Favorites – Villanova’s Patrick Tiernan, Georgetown’s Jonathan Green, Butler’s Eric Peterson.
- Providence should win this, right? No one doubts this title is the Friars’ to lose. When Providence runs a full lineup, Ray Tracey’s team is unbeatable. Earlier this season the Friars dominated a talented field at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown and were a Catarina Rocha away from finishing second to top-ranked New Mexico at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational.
- Could Georgetown or Villanova surprise? Both the Hoyas and Wildcats are still trying to find their identity, which is not good when the postseason hits. A full lineup from Georgetown hasn’t graced a starting line yet and Villanova, like the men’s team, is working through a few depth issues. More likely than not, both of these teams will be fighting for second place behind Providence.
- Favorites – Providence’s Catarina Rocha, Providence’s Sarah Collins, Georgetown’s Andrea Keklak.