Eagles cross country looking to run down the NAC
August 29, 2008
Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
The Benedictine University cross country teams will find themselves in new hands entering the 2008 season as first-year head coach Molly Remley takes over the reins. Remley replaced Jon Wolcott, who retired after 18 seasons at the Eagles’ helm.
But don’t equate that newness with lesser expectations. In fact, it’s quite the opposite as Remley – who had been an assistant under Wolcott for three seasons – draws upon her championship and All-American experiences as a collegian in her attempts to mold the Benedictine teams into contenders for their respective league titles.
Remley, who earned three cross country All-America honors for North Central College (along with a combined seven conference championships in cross country and track), will have a good nucleus of returning talent to combine with her first recruiting class in an attempt to parlay her efforts into a shot at the top slot in the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC).
On the women’s side, Benedictine is trying to improve upon last year’s fifth place finish. The Eagles are bolstered by the return of six letterwinners from that the 2007 squad, two of whom were All-NAC honorable mention finishers.
The lone senior – on either the men’s or women’s roster – is Hannah Miller (Joliet, Ill./Plainfield H.S.). Miller placed 21st at the 2007 NAC championships and was the Eagles’ highest finisher. Joining Miller with an honorable mention all-conference finish was junior Jen Murray (Zion, Ill./Zion-Benton Township H.S.), who posted a 26th place on last year’s NAC race ledger.
Sophomore Stacy Aloisio (Aurora, Ill./Aurora Central Catholic H.S.) was 33rd in the NAC as a freshman, the ninth-best placement among first-year collegiate runners. Junior teammate Kate Korzeniewski (Chicago, Ill./Marian Catholic H.S.) was 35th in the NAC as a sophomore.
Junior Joy Holowicki (Franklin Park, Ill./East Leyden H.S.) returns for her third season, while sophomore Elise Brown (Westfield, Ind./Westfield H.S.) rounds out the returners. Holowicki and Brown finished 41st and 62nd, respectively, in last year’s NAC individual standings.
On the men’s side, Remely had to do a little more rebuilding with just three returning runners from last year’s NAC lineup.
Junior Alex Arman (Bensenville, Ill./Immaculate Conception H.S.) hopes to get back on track in 2008. In 2007, Arman placed 40th after finishing 29th as a freshman in 2006.
Sophomore Clark Poro (Elmhurst, Ill./York H.S.) was the Eagles’ second-highest finisher with a 45th place in his inaugural NAC championship race in 2007.
Teammate Daniel Ponce (Elmhurst, Ill./York H.S.), like Arman, hopes to rebound in 2008, after finishing 69th last year and 42nd in 2006 as a frosh.
If Remley can round the returning talent into a healthy unit – and then blend in the skilled newcomers – look for the Eagles to ascend the NAC standings in 2008.
Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, email@example.com or visit ben.edu.