William & Mary's Men Prepare for Great American Festival

WILLIAMSBURG, VA -- Four-time defending CAA Champion William and Mary men's cross country will continue to break in its varsity line-up this Friday at the Great American Cross Country Festival in Cary, NC. Friday's races will mark the debut of several of the Tribe's top performers as the College continues to send split-squads to early-season meets. Two-time all-region honoree Matt Keally (Virginia Beach, VA) will be among those making their season debuts in the 8,000m Race of Champions, a group that also includes CAA and IC4A 10,000m champion Keith Bechtol (Alexandria, VA), double All-East track honoree Jason Schoener (Grand Blanc, MI), and two-time All-CAA harrier Adam Otstot (Richmond, VA). Also slated to run in the Race of Champions are senior Jeff Hedley (Virginia Beach, VA), an outdoor NCAA 5,000m qualifier who has already been tabbed as CAA Runner of the Week once this season, All-CAA track honoree Steve Hoogland (Springfield, VA), freshman Ian Fitzgerald (Glenshaw, PA), who ran second for the Tribe in its win at the Lou Onesty Invitational two weeks ago, All-CAA performer Pat Comstock (Portsmouth, VA), and CAA 10,000m scorer Dan Nally (Warrenton, VA). Scheduled to compete in the 8,000m open race are redshirt freshman Jonna Reinhardt (Williamsburg, VA) and true freshman Jared Campbell (Franklin, IN). The open race is schedule to begin at 4:15 p.m. with the Race of Champions starting at 5:15 p.m.

Despite its strategy of sending about half of its top performers to each meet, the Tribe has found success in team scoring early into the season, highlighted by its victory at Virginia's Lou Onesty Invitational. The Green and Gold placed five runners in the top-15 to outpace Ohio State, Virginia and Virginia Tech on a wet day in Charlottesville. Last week, the Tribe finished a solid eighth of 36 teams at the elite Paul Short Invitational as sophomore Adam Tenerowicz (Blackstone, MA) raced to 10th in a field of national-caliber athletes. Tenerowicz was recognized as the CAA Runner of the Week for his performance. In the College's only other action on the season, W&M's own Colonial Invitational that kicked off the 2004 campaign, the Tribe placed all six of its runners in the top-20 in the meet that did not feature team scoring.