August 24, 2012

Skyline Releases Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll

- Rams Slated in 5th Place -


NEW YORK, N.Y. – St. Joseph’s-L.I. has been selected to take home the 2012 Skyline Women’s Cross Country crown in voting conducted by the league’s ten head coaches. The Rams were picked to finish 5th overall this season.

Farmingdale State will be led by junior Melissa Bonilla (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), who finished in 9th place individually in the 2011 Skyline Championship. She will be joined by three returners in sophomore Druscilla Dickson (Copiague, N.Y.), senior Marjorie Diemicke (North Massapequa, N.Y.) and junior Lauren Neuwirth (Bellmore, N.Y.). Also joining the team this season are track stars Kathleen Clermont (Uniondale, N.Y.), Katherine Hoskins (Valley Stream, N.Y.), Victoria Mandat (West Babylon, N.Y.) and Akimmie Parker (Brooklyn, N.Y.), along with newcomers Carina Bonilla and Mariah-Lynette Cummings.

Vying for their ninth title in program annals, the Golden Eagles earned eight first-place votes and 80 overall points, while 2011 runner-up Mount Saint Mary received a pair of first-place votes and 74 total points. SJC will be anchored by senior Christine Cristobal, the 2011 Skyline individual champion, and junior Gillian Goodwin, who finished second overall in 2011 and was the 2010 Skyline champion.

Maritime finished third in the voting with 60 points, followed by Purchase (58), Farmingdale State (51), Yeshiva (39), NYU-Poly (32), The Sage Colleges (22), Old Westbury (20) and Mount Saint Vincent (14).

The 2012 Skyline Women’s Cross Country Championship will be held on Sunday, Oct. 28, at Chadwick Lake Park in Newburgh, N.Y.

2012 Skyline Preseason Coaches Poll - Points
1. St. Joseph’s-L.I. - 80 [8]
2. Mount Saint Mary - 74 [2]
3. Maritime - 60
4. Purchase - 58
5. Farmingdale State - 51
6. Yeshiva - 39
7. NYU-Poly - 32
8. The Sage Colleges - 22
9. Old Westbury - 20
10. Mount Saint Vincent - 14

[First-place votes in parentheses]


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