The Colonials hosted their first home cross country meet since 2005 last Saturday, meeting a longstanding goal for the team.
Ryan Tucker and Caroline Wolfe, seniors, are the captains of their respective cross country teams and have lived through the program’s transformation.
The cross country/track team begins the cross country season with its biggest roster ever: 46 male and female runners currently, including 21 freshmen.
They were the Bullpen Bash Brothers. But unlike the bash bros in The Mighty Ducks, this duo never suffered from fiery tempers.
Though teams like Saint Louis may have more experience than the youth-laden Colonials, there’s a lot of parity in the tournament teams and the squad seems to buy into the belief that they have what it takes to win.
Ed Metz, a 30-year-old reject cheerleader turned to rooting on the sidelines, and became an institution at Smith Center.
Head coach Gregg Ritchie has less obvious statistical obsessions beyond playing chess with his defense, and one of them – strikeout rate – has been critical in helping GW’s offense take off.
The big three – Georgetown, Maryland and Virginia – all went dancing this year as high seeds with high hopes. Across the board, colleges in the region, like GW, have had successful seasons in part because they have found a way to keep their talent local.
The Colonials brought back a win and a loss from their conference-opening series Sunday, topping the Hawks 2-1 in the first game and falling in a fruitless game of catchup 6-0 in the second.
As the Colonials get set to begin Atlantic 10 play on Friday, consistency and mistakes are on the mind of the young team.