RICHMOND, Va – The University of Richmond women’s cross country team had an excellent 2015 season and finished with three team wins, including a first place finish at the Atlantic 10 Championships.
The Spiders won two other events in the Spider Alumni Open, hosted by the University of Richmond and the Wake Forest Cross Country Invitational.
The Richmond women were led by senior Tara Hanley, who was the Spiders top finisher in the last four meets. Hanley’s best performances came at the end of the season at the Wake Forest Invitational 6K, where she finished in second place out of 106 runners with a time of 21:31.23 and helped the Spiders claim first place.
Two weeks later Hanley led the Spiders again, this time to an Atlantic 10 Championship by finishing in fourth place in the five-mile run with a time of 17:20.9. With her fourth place finish Hanley picked up a Atlantic 10 All Conference Award. Hanley also picked up another award in an Academic All-Conference for her performance on and off the course.
The sophomore class was a main reason for success for the Richmond women this season. The standout performer among the strong class was Courtney Thompson. She started out the season with an individual victory at the Spider Alumni Open in September and ended up finishing in 11th place at the Atlantic 10 Championships in late October. Thompson also picked up an All Conference award with her top 15 finish.
Also contributing to the Spiders from the sophomores this season was Kaelyn Heinicke and Amanda Corbosiero. Both girls finished in the top five runners consistently throughout the season. Heinicke’s best performance came at the Iona College Meet of Champions 6K where she was the first Spider to cross the line with a time of 23:02.7.
Amanda Corbosiero’s best race came at the Atlantic 10 Championships 5K where she finished in 16th with a time of 17:53.5 and helped Richmond win the Atlantic 10 Championships by one point.
Another stand out performer was freshman Colleen Carney who ran in all six events this year. Her best finish came at the Wake Forest Invitational where she finished in 15th in the 6K race with a time of 22:29.54
This season marked head coach Lori Taylor’s 13th season in charge. In winning the A-10 Championships, Taylor picked up the Atlantic 10 women’s coach of the year award.
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