August 26, 2008

Lady Bobcats Seek to Repeat

BANNER ELK, N.C. -- The Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats cross country had a banner year in 2007 claiming both the Conference Carolinas and NCAA Southeast Region Championships before finishing 23rd at the NCAA Div II Championships. With minimal changes to the roster, the Lady Bobcats will be looking to repeat as champions in both the conference and the region and improve upon their finish at the National Championships.

Led by former Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year Dana Lindholm (Weaverville, N.C.), a junior this fall, the Lady Bobcats had five women named to the All Conference Carolinas team a season ago; four of whom also garnered All Region accolades. With five juniors and two sophomores on the roster, the Lady Bobcats will look to continue dominating the conference and region as they strive for their eighth conference championship in eight years under Head Coach Craig McPhail who enters his tenth season at the helm of the program.

"We'll see how much improvement we've made over the course of a year," stated Craig McPhail. "I think we can continue the development and progress made last year on our way to a conference and regional title and improve upon our finish at the National Championships. What will be key is the development of seniors Jenny Hurd (Danbury, N.C.) and Demarea Colson (Chesapeake, Va.). "April Harris (Jonesville, Va.) and Gina Valenti (Washington, N.C.) had successful spring season running track which should translate well and allow us to build upon that."

As they did last season on their way to a pair of championships, the Lady Bobcats will no doubt continue to run the courses they face as a pack, last season often times finishing within seconds of one another. "This group is very tight knit. I have high expectations for the ladies, and have a great deal of confidence that they will have another successful season this fall," concluded McPhail.

The Lady Bobcats will open the season with the Covered Bridge Open hosted by Appalachian State University August 29th.