Wednesday, August 13, 2008

49ers' women's cross country team 2nd in poll

The Charlotte 49ers' women's cross country team was picked to finish second in the Atlantic 10 Conference in a poll conducted by the league's 14 head coaches. Charlotte's men's team was picked sixth.

The women's team returns the entire 2007 squad which came home with a fourth-place finish at last year's A-10 championships in Philadelphia. The 49ers return the talented trio of Aja Jackson of Charlotte, Amanda Goetschius of Franklinville, N.J., and Keara Thomas of Haverhill, Mass.

Jackson was an all-conference selection a season ago and won four events, including the inaugural Charlotte Invitational.

The men's team has several talented runners returning, including former South Caldwell High star Chase Eckard of Granite Falls, N.C., named all-conference a year ago; and former Vance standout Adu Dentamo, who redshirted last season.