one word can describe the Moravian College womens cross country
program over the last eight years and what is expected from the
team in 2001.
Greyhounds have won the last eight Middle Atlantic Conference Championships,
captured the last eight MAC Individual titles and made eight consecutive
appearances in the NCAA Division III National Championships with
two third-place finishes.
fall, the Greyhounds were dominant in all facets of their season,
placing first in seven of nine invitationals, having seven individual
champions in ten competitions and posting a 3-0 dual meet record.
Moravian, which placed fifth at the 2000 NCAA Championshipsits
second highest finish in school historydefeated six NCAA Division
I schools and eleven NCAA Division II schools throughout the season.
far in 2001, the Greyhounds have won five of six invitationals and
had finished behind just Penn State University and Bucknell University
at the prestigious Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh University.
Moravian had defeated 28 Division I and 14 Division II schools.
the strongest-ever running class in Moravians history will
be the group of seniors leading the Greyhounds this season. The
quartet of runners placed in the top ten of the MAC Championships
and the NCAA Mideast Regional last fall.
the group is Heidi Wolfsberger, a two-time cross country All-American
after a second-place finish last season, a national champion in
track and field, and an eight-time All-American overall. Wolfsberger
won her second straight MAC Individual title last fall and three
other meets including the Mideast Regional. With her win in the
conference meet, Wolfsberger joins the sister duo of Tara and Tracy
Wartman as two-time MAC individual champions. Wolfsberger has already
won three of six races in the fall of 2001.
you see Wolfsberger on the course, classmate Emily Shertzer is usually
right on her heels. Shertzer also earned All-American status last
fall after placing 26th at the NCAA Championships. She won the first
three races of the season last year, beating Wolfsberger twice and
then she finished runner-up to Wolfsberger twice at the end of the
season. Shertzer is a three-time MAC First Team All-Star and also
a three-time All-Mideast Region honoree.
Kim Jaick and Erin Boyle round out the quartet that has the Greyhounds
thinking of their first-ever NCAA Division III Team National Championship
this fall. Jaick had eight top ten finishes last season with five
in the top five. Jaick, a two-time MAC All-Star and All-Region honoree,
was runner-up to Shertzer in two races and placed 50th at the national
championship meet, just 14 seconds shy of becoming an All-American.
Boyle had six top ten finishes last season with five in the top
five and she was a MAC All-Star and All-Region runner last fall.
Boyle placed 69th in the national championship meet with her second
best time of the season.
addition to the quartet of seniors, Moravian head coach Mark Will-Weber
has had ten more runners return from the 2000 squad, including junior
Jennifer Wagner and sophomore Ashley Kimmet, who both competed at
the national championships last year. Leading a strong list of recruits
are freshmen Chelsea Mullins, who will be the Greyhounds number
five runner, Heather McGarvie, Alison Stoyko, and Megan Wise.
of October 20, 2001, the Greyhounds were ranked as the top NCAA
Division III team in the country and had held the top spot for five
weeks after defeating defending National Champion Middlebury College
on its home course on September 15.
article was previously printed in the September/October issue of
MAC Sixteen Magazine, the official magazine of the Middle Atlantic