UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. -- The Spiders defended their Atlantic 10 title over the weekend as the women's cross country team placed five runners inside the top-20. Leading the way for Richmond was junior Kylie Regan, who finised 13th overall, clocking a 17:52.70.
Following her stellar performance at the Atlantic 10 Championship, Regan has been named the Wells Fargo Athlete of the Week.
The Spiders will return to action on Friday, November 11 in Charlottesville for the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship.
RichmondSpiders.com: What was the team mindset going into the A-10 Championship?
As a team heading into the weekend, we knew that the championship race was going to be an all-out battle for first place. We were mentally preparing ourselves all week to race tough, knowing that we had a target on our backs as the defending champions. Winning was going to involve packing five girls as high up and as close together as possible.
RichmondSpiders.com: Coach Taylor (and you) mentioned that you all had been running together in a sport that can be both individual as well as team-oriented. Do you think that helped defending the title and having five runners finish in the top-20?
100%. Most people don't realize how team-oriented cross country actually is. We all worked hard to not only run with each other, but also to push each other and move up in the race. If we all had individual mindsets throughout the race, we would not have been able to feed off each other's energy and ultimately land five in the top-18.
RichmondSpiders.com: How does the team (and you personally) build on this momentum heading into Regionals?
Individually and as a team, I think that the A-10 Championships gave us confidence leading up to Regionals. We'll be stepping on the line next to a much more competitive field in two weeks, but if we can pack up like we did on Saturday the team could see our best Regionals performance in years. For me personally, A-10s assured me that I can start hard, compete with fast and talented girls, and still have enough left for a strong finish.
RichmondSpiders.com: What is your favorite place to visit?
My family's beach house in Kennebunkport, Maine
RichmondSpiders.com: Do you have any hidden talents?
I'm a really good skier, since I grew up spending weekends on the mountain at Sunday River (Maine).
RichmondSpiders.com: What is your dream job?
Starting my own business or non-profit.
RichmondSpiders.com: Last book that you read that wasn't for class?
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
RichmondSpiders.com: Do you have any superstitions?
I'm not overly superstitious, but I prefer even race bib numbers over odd numbers.
RichmondSpiders.com: What do you enjoy doing during your free time?
Whenever I have free time, I love trying new restaurants and cafe in Richmond. During the summer, I'm always at the beach.