2016 SEASON PREVIEW MERRIMACK COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY

COACH CAMERON

Head coach Chris Cameron enters his 26th season as the head coach of the men's and women's cross country teams. Cameron has overseen Merrimack cross country since its inception, and has been a driving force behind the teams' success on the courses and in the classroom. 2015 was no different for Cameron as he guided the men to another sixth-place finish at the NE-10 Championships and the women to a fifth-place finish, while both teams and six individuals earned Academic All-American status. Cameron would also slot one runner from each side on to all-conference teams.

SEASONED VETS

Senior Phil Harris (pictured) return to captain the men's squad for his senior season with the Warriors. Last season, Harris earned the lone all-conference nod on the men's side after his 17th-place finish at NE-10's. He also ran to a top-50 spot at the NCAA East Regionals.

The leadership for the women this season will also come from a senior in Claire Aalerud, marking her first season as a captain. In six races as a junior, Aalerud recorded four top-50 finishes, including opening 2015 as the Warriors' top runner at the Shacklette Invitational with a 22nd-place finish.

Aalerud aims to lead the female squad to success in 2016

SENIOR RUNNERS

Colleen Englert (pictured) returns for her senior season looking to help lead the way for the women after a strong junior year that included a 20th-place finish at the Kirsh Cup and 34th-place finish at NE-10's.

James Wegman will add experience for the men in his fourth season as a Warrior. Wegman ran in every race as a junior, posting three top-50 finishes as well as a 57th-place finishes as both NE-10's and NCAA Regionals.

Wegman in one of his seven races from 2015

KEY RETURNERS - MEN

A strong group of juniors return for both the men and women in 2016, with the men turning to the like of Keith Steinbrecher (pictured) for strong performances. He ran in every race as a sophomore, recording five top-40 and two top-20 finishes, highlighted by a team-best 31st-place finish at NCAA Regionals.

Fellow junior Christian Gentile is also coming off a strong sophomore campaign for the men, running in six of seven races and posting top-40 finishes in all six events, including at NCAA Regionals.

Gentile aims to bring consistency to the men's squad

KEY RETURNERS - WOMEN

The women also will turn to their strong junior contingent highlighted by Kylie Reardon (pictured). Reardon saw action in six of seven races in her sophomore season, recorded four top-50 finishes including a season-best 11th-place finish at the Kirsh Cup and a 27th-place finish at NE-10's.

Maddie Mercado will join Reardon in providing strong junior performances after a sophomore year that saw her compete in all seven races for Merrimack with four top-40 finishes and a 63rd-place finish at NCAA Regionals.

Mercado aims to make strides as a junior

The Warriors will run their first of three September races on Saturday, Sept. 3 when they head to Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. for the Northeast-10 Preview Meet that gets underway at 10 a.m.

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