ST. LOUIS - The Saint Louis University cross country squads are in Philadelphia for the 2012 Atlantic 10 Conference Cross Country Championships, which are set for Saturday, Oct. 27. The women's 5K begins at 9 a.m. (CT), while the men's 8K is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. (CT). The event is being run at Belmont Plateau at Fairmont Park.
The women's team, led by junior Margo Richardson, is ranked 14th in the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Midwest Region. Richardson has claimed All-Conference honors - awarded to runners who finish in the top 15 - in each of her first two A-10 Championships. In 2010, she earned Most Outstanding Rookie honors after finishing ninth overall. Last year, she placed 10th. Senior Elise Medley, junior Lauren Fyalka and sophomores Jessica Hoefert, Natalie Myers, Jamee Holmes and Madie Alexander comprise one of the Billikens' deepest teams in school history.
A pair of sophomores are expected to run at the front on the men's side. Tim Zellmer and Michael Scolarici have finished first and second, respectively, among the Billikens in each race in which they participated this season. Senior Logan Davis, junior James Collins, sophomores Henry Arndt, Sean Canavin and Eric Stoddard, and freshman Nathan Rubbelke also will run for the Billikens.
Following the A-10 Championships, Saint Louis will take part in the NCAA Midwest Regional, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9, in Springfield, Mo.