â€™09 cross country
2009 cross country Roster Name Yr
Salisbury, Md./ James M. Bennett
Pittstown, N.J./ North Hunterdon
Cary, N.C./ Green Hope
Little Rock, Ark./ Mount St. Mary
Vermilion, Ohio/ Vermilion
Monroe, N.C./ Piedmont
Pinehurst, N.C./ Pinecrest
Star, N.C./ Southwestern Randolph
Mt. Dora, Fla./ Mt. Dora Christian
Morganton, N.C./ Freedom
Mechanicsville, Va./ Atlee
Wilmington, N.C./ New Hanover
Head Coach: Amy Olsen
Athletics Director: Jackie Myers
Assistant Coach: Bill Koester
Assistant Athletics Director/Sports Information Director: Greg Jarvis
Athletic Facilities Weatherspoon Gymnasium The home to Meredith’s basketball and volleyball teams. The facility provides up-close seating for over 500 spectators. The complex also includes locker rooms, athletics offices, a training room, a fitness center, a 5,000 square-foot dance studio and a six-lane, indoor swimming pool.
Meredith Athletic Field and Track Complex The home to Meredith’s soccer and cross country teams. The complex includes a lighted competition level track, a FieldTurf artificial playing surface capable of supporting soccer and lacrosse games and a storage facility. Future phases of the project will include a grandstand, hospitality areas, support facilities, restrooms, brick arcade and locker rooms. The cross country team uses the complex as well as the College’s 225-acre campus and the Reedy Creek Greenway.
Meredith Softball Complex
The new athletic field and track complex opened in September 2009.
The home of Meredith softball has undergone several renovations in
Meredith Tennis Complex
the last year. The addition of irrigation to the Bermuda field and in-
The home of the Meredith tennis program includes six lighted ten-
field improvements have stepped up the playing conditions to make
nis courts with windscreen. Over the summer of 2007, the courts
it one of the best fields in the area. New dugouts have also just
were resurfaced with a new color scheme—a “US Open Blue” inner
been completed to increase comfort for the players and enhance
court surrounded by a green outer court. This new color scheme will
the game atmosphere.
help to heighten the visibility of the ball for players and fans.
Coaching Staff amy olsen Home Course.. . . . . . . . . ................... Meredith College Campus Alma Mater/Year.. . . . . . ..................... Eastern Kentucky/1995
bill koester Bill Koester enters his fifth season as assistant coach of the
Phone.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ............................ (919) 760-8734
Meredith College Cross Country team. Koester has been with the
Email.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .................... firstname.lastname@example.org
program since it was started as a varsity sport in 2005. Koester has more than 20 years of coaching experience in the
Amy Olsen enters her fifth season as head coach of the Meredith
sport of cross country and track and field. Koester was the as-
College Cross Country team. Olsen coached the team to consecu-
sistant cross country and track coach at Cardinal Newman High
tive fourth place finishes in the USA South Athletic Conference
School. While there he coached the team to three state champion-
championships in their first two years of the conference. The
ships, two individual state championships and three girls’ confer-
2006 team completed a third
ence team championships. He
place finish in the USA South as a
has also served in other coaching
non-conference member and won
positions at other high schools to
the Division III State Championship
help improve the distance programs
in 2005. Olsen has been with the
at Millbrook High School, North
program since it was established as
Carolina School of Science and
a varsity sport in 2005.
Math and Ravenscroft School. He helped coach the 2005 Ravenscroft
Olsen came to Meredith from NCAA
High School boys track team to its
Division I member Duke University
first state team championship.
where she served two years as the women’s cross country/track assistant coach. During her time there, they finished as the NCAA
Koester, who ran track while attending Saint Leo College in
cross country national runner-up in 2005. Previously, Olsen served
Florida, is a member of the National Scholastic Sport Foundation
five years as head cross country/ track coach at Charleston South-
and the founder and editor of Trackhonors.com.
ern University. She also served two years as graduate assistant coach at Northern Arizona University. While she was there, the men’s and women’s teams finished in the top 10 in the Division I NCAA cross country championships. Olsen competed in cross country and track at Eastern Kentucky University. Her accomplishments included obtaining the school record in 10,000 meters and becoming a three-time Ohio Valley Conference Cross Country champion. She was also a top ten finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year award in 1995. Olsen holds a Master of Arts in exercise science from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor of Arts in physical education from Eastern Kentucky University.
New York CT
USA South Athletic Conference Pennsylvania NJ MD
Virginia The USA South Athletic Conference is home to 11 institutions, five in Virginia, five in North Carolina and one in
Tennessee. The conference consists of Averett University, Christopher Newport University, Ferrum College, Greensboro College, Peace College, Shenandoah University, Method-
ist University, Mary Baldwin College, Meredith College and North Carolina Wesleyan College. The Tennessee institution, Maryville College, entered the conference in 2005 as a football-only member.
sports information Media Information
Florida All inquiries about interviews, press credentials, broadcasting
Meredith College Quick Facts
requests, and other related sports information areas should be sent
Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Raleigh, N.C.
to Greg Jarvis, sports information director, at email@example.com, (919) 760-8811.
Founded . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........ 1891 Enrollment .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....... 2,298
Nickname .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Avenging Angels
Follow the Avenging Angels on Meredith’s official athletics web site
Colors .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maroon, Black and White
at www.meredith.edu/athletics throughout the 2009-10 season. The
Affiliation.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NCAA Division III
site features game notes, schedules, rosters, player and coaches’ bios, game recaps and special news related to the program.
Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . USA South Athletic Conference President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maureen Hartford
Athletics Director .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jackie Myers (Elon/1978)
The 2009-10 sports season will
Asst. Athletics Director/SID..... Greg Jarvis (Virginia Tech/1994)
feature at least 45 Meredith College
Faculty Athletics Representative .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Novak
athletics events to be broadcast live
Department Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Judy Melton
and archived on the athletics web
Athletics Department Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (919) 760-8205
site. Meredith’s athletics broadcasting
Athletics Web Site .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.meredith.edu/athletics
team is made up of faculty member Michael Novak and guest broadcast-
Mailing Address ......3800 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607
ers. All broadcasts can be found on
SID Office Phone .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (919) 760-8811
Meredith’s official athletics web site at www.meredith.edu/athletics.
Michael Novak, “Voice of the Avenging Angels”
SID Email.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . firstname.lastname@example.org
Meredith College Athletics History Athletics at Meredith
NCAIAW state championship while the tennis team took the confer-
College began in 1904
ence title. The golf team finished second in the AIAW Division III
with the advent of Mer-
national tournament in 1981, in Meredith’s first bid for a national
edith’s Athletic Associa-
championship. Softball was added as a varsity sport during the
tion. The first competi-
1985-86 academic year. The most recent varsity sports to be added
tive games against other
were soccer in 1993 and cross country in 2005.
schools were held in 1904 with two games against St. Mary’s College. In the early years, Meredith athletic activities included swimming, soccer, horseback riding, tennis, baseball, basketball, golf, football and field hockey. The first events were primarily inter-class competitions. In
In recent years at Meredith, there has been an increase in the competitiveness of the athletics programs on a regional and national level in Division III. The program has had seven NCAA tournament bids
1937, Meredith became a part of the United States Conference.
across three different sports since 2001 (basketball 2001, 2003;
In 1944, Meredith’s freshman-sophomore basketball team defeated
edith’s athletics identity became the “Avenging Angels” to emphasize
the team from what is now Peace College, marking the beginning of
the prowess of Meredith athletes.
a cross-town rivalry between the two Raleigh women’s colleges. In
The 2007-08 season marked the
1952, the basketball team and the field hockey team pulled out im-
first year of competition in the
pressive victories against the University of North Carolina and Duke.
USA South Athletic Conference.
tennis 2003, 2007, 2009; and soccer 2007, 2008). In 2007, Mer-
Meredith was the first single gender In 1970, Meredith athletics took on a new life with the completion
institution to win a conference title
of Weatherspoon Gymnasium. Volleyball and tennis saw their first
with both tennis and soccer winning
winning seasons during the 1970s. In 1980, the golf team won the
the tournament in 2008-09.
Meredith College Athletics Program THE DIVISION III EXPERIENCE
Meredith athletics teams participate in Division III of the National
In addition to the academic and fitness programs available, the athletic
Collegiate Athletic Association. Meredith College fully supports
training staff provides excellent care for participants. The athletic train-
the Division III experience that allows the student athlete to enjoy
ing support staff consists of head athletic trainer, Sharon Malley, student
competitive sports and other activities throughout their college
athletic trainers from the University of North Carolina and on-call physi-
years. Division III athletics offers student-athletes the opportunity to
cians. Some of the services and equipment provided in the Weather-
become well-rounded individuals who successfully integrate athletics
spoon Gymnasium include a whirlpool, hydrocollator, ultrasound, injury
and academics while experiencing all aspects of college life. Division
ice and electrical stimulation. Meredith College serves as a clinical site
III athletics feature athletes who can receive only academic financial
for the UNC-Chapel Hill Undergraduate Athletic Training Program.
assistance and athletics departments that are staffed and funded like any other department in the College.
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING Strength and Conditioning Coach David Zinn, a certified personal
trainer and sports conditioning specialist, leads the program. An
Meredith College’s commitment to academics is exemplified by
instructor in the Department of Health, Exercise & Sports Science at
its athletics teams. Each year, the USA South Athletic Conference
Meredith, Coach Zinn assists in the development and implementation
recognizes its student-athletes’ hard work in the classroom by nam-
of conditioning and weight training programs for all of Meredith sports.
ing an Academic All-Conference team. A student-athlete must have earned a 3.0 GPA in each of the two semesters of a given year to
be eligible. The athletics department also offers a special Athlet-
Members from each team are elected to the Student Athlete Advisory
ics Director’s List that recognizes the athletes that receive a 3.5
Committee that organizes support for each sport and also coordinates
each of the two semesters. During the 2008-09 season, 41.25% of
community service. Past volunteer work includes Special Olympics of Wake
Meredith’s student athletes finished with a 3.0 or higher and 20%
County, Habitat for Humanity, Service Raleigh, and the USA South Athletic
received the Athletics Director’s award with a 3.5 or higher.
Conference’s Cans Across the Conference and Pennies for a Purpose.
about Meredith Campus Life • Total enrollment for 2008-09 was 2,250, which included 2,001 undergraduate degree students and 249 graduate-level students. One hundred non-degree students also took undergraduate courses. • Meredith sponsors juried student exhibitions, an active concert schedule, visiting artists and exhibitions featuring professional artists. • Students participate in four theatre and dance performance troupes, three choral groups and four musical ensembles. • Meredith students advance their leadership skills in programs such as the Emerging Leader Seminar Series, Officer and Advi-
Academics and Special Programs
sor Training, Sophie Lanneau Women’s Leadership Development Program and the LeaderShape® Institute.
• Meredith offers 45+ majors and concentrations. • Meredith awards Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science; Bachelor
Tuition and Financial Assistance
of Music; Bachelor of Social Work; Master of Business Admin-
• Tuition and fees for full-time undergraduate students in 2009-10 is
istration; Master of Education; Master of Arts in Teaching; and
$24,490, with room and board at $7,020, for a total of $31,510.
Master of Science in Nutrition degrees.
Cost for part-time students is $640 per credit hour, with a gradu-
• As part of the Meredith Technology Initiative, freshmen receive a ThinkPad® loaded with professional and educational software to use on Meredith’s wireless campus environment.
ated fee schedule. • In 2008–09, Meredith coordinated $38.1 million in financial aid for more than 1,800 students.
• The Undergraduate Research Program supports student/faculty partnerships in the pursuit of research and creative activity in all fields. College funds support these projects and underwrite travel costs for students presenting their work at conferences. • Meredith recently launched a semester study abroad program in Sansepolcro, Italy. • Honors and Teaching Fellows programs are offered. Meredith is one of five private colleges participating in the N.C. Teaching Fellows program.
about raleigh • The capital city of North Carolina has a population of more than 350,000 • Raleigh is located 150 miles west of the Atlantic Ocean and 190 east of the Great Smoky Mountains • Raleigh has an annual average high of 70 degrees and low of 47
Faculty • The undergraduate student-faculty ratio is approximately 10:1. The average class size is 16. • Of the 147 full-time faculty members, 90% have earned doctoral or terminal degrees. Sixty-seven percent of the full-time faculty is female and 33% is male.
• Raleigh is a true college town; in addition to Meredith, it is home to NC State University, Peace College, St. Augustine’s College and Shaw University. NC Central University, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University are also located within 30 minutes of Meredith’s campus. • Area sports teams include Carolina Hurricanes (NHL) Carolina Mudcats (AA baseball), Durham Bulls (AAA baseball)
Campus and Facilities • Meredith’s 225-acre campus includes a 1,200-seat amphithe-
and Carolina Railhawks (USL-1 soccer). • Raleigh is home to entertainment venues including the RBC
ater on a lake, seven residence halls, a music library, art galler-
Center, Time Warner Cable Music Pavillion and the Progress
ies, a research greenhouse, music practice rooms, auditoriums,
Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Some recent artists:
a theater, concert halls, a student center, computer labs, a child care lab, a learning center, an autism lab, an astronomy observation deck, an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a dance studio, lighted tennis courts, a putting green, an athletic field and track complex and two miles of greenway connecting our campus to the community.
Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay and John Mayer. • Raleigh’s active arts scene is supported by the N.C. Museum of Art, which is connected to Meredith by a greenway that runs through campus. Other museums include the North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
2009 cross country Schedule Date
September 1 Tue
5 p.m. W
Greensboro XC Invitational
Pleasant Garden, N.C.
October 2 Fri
Great American XC Festival
Quaker Invitational hosted by Guilford College
USA South Championship
Pleasant Garden, N.C.
November 14 Sat
NCAA South/Southeast Championships Guilford College
W - Web cast on Meredith athletics web site Home Games in bold
Schedule is subject to change. Visit www.meredith.edu/athletics for up-to-date information.
3800 Hillsborough Street Raleigh, NC 27607-5298 www.meredith.edu/athletics