Cross country looks to hit the ground running

Clara McCormick, Contributing Writer

A lot is to be expected from the Bison Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams this upcoming 2021 season. Like all other fall sports, cross country was postponed during the fall due to COVID-19 precautions. Both teams are preparing to compete this spring.

The last time they were able to compete in 2019, the women were able to place second in the Patriot League, while the men came in fifth. Both are looking to build on those performances in what could be a very successful year for the Bison.

The Bison women’s cross country team was able to bring back three first team all conference runners with Olivia Dyer ’22, Ashley Blair ’21, and Ashlyn Ramos ’22; each are expecting to have even and better season than last. Additionally, Nora Bennett ’22 will also be a huge contributor after finishing second team all conference in 2019.

Despite new restrictions due to COVID, both the men’s and women’s teams have been working hard to train for the upcoming season. We have all been running in small groups of people that we either live with or match with talent-wise, so even though we can’t all practice together we are still motivating one another,” said Ramos. “We also keep an online training log so that everyone can comment on workouts and runs and stay in the loop about where the team is at.”

While there are fewer meets this upcoming season, the Bison are in a good position to perform well in the Patriot League Championship taking place on Mar. 5 at Lafayette College.

Prior to the Championship, the Orange and Blue are scheduled to run against Lehigh on Feb. 13 at home, as well as Lafayette on Feb. 20 in Easton, Pa.

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