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’09 cross country


runners

Megan Beebe

Chelsea Best

Karen Chung

Maggie Crifasi

Lauren Habermehl

Katie Helms

Lauren McDonald

Joyce McLeod

Samantha Ramsdell

Aleigha Page

Katelyn Thacker

Meagan Thompson


2009 cross country Roster Name Yr

Ht

Hometown/High School

Megan Beebe

FR

5’4”

Salisbury, Md./ James M. Bennett

Chelsea Best

FR

5’6”

Pittstown, N.J./ North Hunterdon

Karen Chung

FR

5’2”

Cary, N.C./ Green Hope

Maggie Crifasi

FR

5’8”

Little Rock, Ark./ Mount St. Mary

Lauren Habermehl

SO

5’1”

Vermilion, Ohio/ Vermilion

Katie Helms

SR

5’6”

Monroe, N.C./ Piedmont

Lauren McDonald

JR

5’3”

Pinehurst, N.C./ Pinecrest

Joyce McLeod

SO

5’4”

Star, N.C./ Southwestern Randolph

Samantha Ramsdell

SO

5’7”

Mt. Dora, Fla./ Mt. Dora Christian

Aleigha Page

FR

5’3”

Morganton, N.C./ Freedom

Katelyn Thacker

FR

5’3”

Mechanicsville, Va./ Atlee

Meagan Thompson

FR

5’2”

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.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .................... olsenamy@meredith.edu

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.


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New York CT

RI

USA South Athletic Conference Pennsylvania NJ MD

Ohio

West Virginia

Delaware

Virginia The USA South Athletic Conference is home to 11 institutions, five in Virginia, five in North Carolina and one in

North Carolina

Tennessee. The conference consists of Averett University, Christopher Newport University, Ferrum College, Greensboro College, Peace College, Shenandoah University, Method-

South Carolina

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.

Georgia

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 jarvisgr@meredith.edu, (919) 760-8811.

Founded . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........ 1891 Enrollment .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....... 2,298

www.meredith.edu/athletics

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

Broadcasting Information

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.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . jarvisgr@meredith.edu


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

MEDICAL SERVICES

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

ACADEMICS

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

COMMUNITY SERVICE

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

Opponent

Location

Time

September 1 Tue

vs. PEACE

Raleigh, N.C.

5 p.m. W

11 Fri

Seahawk Invitational

Wilmington, N.C.

TBD

26 Sat

Greensboro XC Invitational

Pleasant Garden, N.C.

TBD

October 2 Fri

Great American XC Festival

Cary, N.C.

3:30 p.m.

17 Sat

Quaker Invitational hosted by Guilford College

Greensboro, N.C.

11:15 a.m.

31 Sat

USA South Championship

Pleasant Garden, N.C.

TBD

November 14 Sat

NCAA South/Southeast Championships Guilford College

Greensboro, N.C.

TBD

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.

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