A Page -- July 23, 2011

Mags XC sets its eyes on becoming four-peat in terms of state championships; young throng of Student/Athletes in the fold to be backbone of team

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

ROCKY RIVER -- While Magnificat graduated two of its top five runners from the 2010 three-peating state cross country championship team, the Blue Streaks have several talented and eager Student/Athletes ready to step up into the ranks.

“Several of our JV cross country members made significant progress during the 2011 track season,” said Blue Streaks Head Coach Anjanette Arabian. “Additionally, many incoming freshmen show promise to add to the mix of existing talent.”


Three of the five incoming freshmen are the younger sisters of runners who have enjoyed helping the Streaks teams to earn State championship titles.

“While we never compare the abilities of sisters, we do know that they appreciate and respect the tradition of success that their sisters have helped to create,” Arabian said.

Leading the throng of returning championship runners is senior Abbie Marquard (’12). Marquard has been all three of the most recent state championship teams and would love nothing more than to be the apex of a team that could send her into college student/athleticism with a 4-for-4 record in the state title team title category.

Season Preview

In addition to serving as a member of 2008, 2009 & 2010 State XC championship teams, Marquard had her 2010 season Best XC time (18:38) at the State Championships in Scioto Downs.

She was also a member of 2008 & 2009 Nike Cross National Team Qualifier, a 2011 Indoor State Championship Qualifier in the 4x800m (4th place), 400m, and 4x400m.

In the spring, Marquard was a 2011 Outdoor State Championship Qualifier (4x400m), 2011 Outdoor Regional Track Qualifier 4x800m, and 4x400m and 800m.

With a relatively young team, Mags will get help assisting Marquard in the leadership role by juniors Macey Walker, Katherine Kerr, and Shannon Sullivan.

A member of 2010 State XC Championship Team, Walker had a 2010 XC season- best time of 19:14 and then proceeded into the winter as an eventual 2011 Outdoor Regional Track Qualifier in the 3,200m, and into the spring with a 2011 Outdoor Track Best Performance coming also in the distance runs, registering a 3,200m time of 11:48.2.

Also a member of the 2010 State XC Championship Team, Kerr had a 2010 XC Season Best Time of 18:50.

In addition to enjoying a great season finale as a member of 2010 State XC Championship Team, Sullivan had a 2010 XC Season Best Time of 19:44 and then was a 2011 Indoor Track State Qualifier in the 4x800m relay.

The notable incoming freshmen include Elise Horning, Brooke McQuinn, Victoria Meyer, Molly Sullivan, and Katie Whitmore.

“We expect to Qualify for the State meet as a team and then compete well at Nike Midwest Regional Meet,” Coach Arabian said.

Mags will start off with an “early, early” bird with the Panther Run to Fun in Sandusky the last weekend in August before moving on to the regular Early Bird, the Avon Lake one at Lorain Community College Labor Day Weekend.

The Nike Regional will be the second weekend in November in Terre Haute, and the Nike National the first weekend in December in Portland.


Case Reserve Spartan Volleyball Group Earns AVCA Team Academic Award

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team has earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 year.

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

The Spartans accumulated an outstanding team GPA of 3.627. Nine of the team's student-athletes earned University Athletic Association All-Academic honors and current senior middle hitter Tricia McCutchan(Hamilton, Ohio/Stephen T. Badin) was named a first-team Capital One Academic All-American for the second straight season.

In addition to the stellar academic performance, Case turned in the most successful season in program history with a 24-11 record and the first NCAA Tournament berth in program history.

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