UD Women's Cross Country 2016 Season review



Joey Danaher (Boulder, CO), Elizabeth Herrera (Keller, TX), Karmina Martinez (Friendswood, TX)


Emily Cosgray (Simonton, TX), Angela Moore (Austin, TX)


Bridget Kennedy (San Antonio, TX)


Mary Rose Corkery (Mansfield, MA), Mary Korth (McKinney, TX), Alejandra Martinez (Friendswood, TX), Ana Wilhelm (Kiowa, KS)


Entering his third year as the head coach, Matthew Barber ('13) continues to build up the program of his Alma Mater. With two runners graduated from the 2015 team (Emma Polefko and Ruth Fritz), and another pair of runners in Rome (Clare Basil and Caroline Schemel); The current squad was going to rely on rising sophomore Bridget Kennedy (rookie all-american) and veteran Joey Danaher. Those two along with Elizabeth Herrera the only runners on this roster to have ran a full season prior. Angela Moore ran two springs ago (2015) on the track and field team.


Dallas ended the season on a strong note at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). Angela Moore headlined the meet with a school record 23:38 that notched her 6th place and a spot on the 1st Team All-American. The team claimed 7th out of 21 schools with 207 points. Bridget Kennedy finished within the top 30 (out of 159 runners) with a 25:01 time. Additionally, Joey Danaher (25:55), Karmina Martinez (26:54), Mary Korth (28:41), and Ana Wilhelm (29:36) all garnered Personal Records (PRs).

The Crusaders highest finished places occurred the second meet of the season in the Texas Lutheran Bulldog Invitational. Dallas earned 41 points for 2nd as a team and both Kennedy and Moore scored within the top five. Kennedy stepped on the podium for 3rd with her fastest 5k time on the campaign at 20:20.17 minutes. Moore also PR'd by 10 seconds when she ran the same distance her freshman year on track. her 20:29.28 scored her 4th place. Ana Wilhelm (24:24) ran a PR in her 2nd collegiate race. K. Martinez (23:42), Mary Korth (24:12), and Mary Rose Corkery (25:30) all improved on their season opener times.

Hosting its annual home competition for the 2nd straight year, known as the University of Dallas Invitational, Moore achieved a 9th place finish and the team earned 4th with 100 points and an average time of 21:27.57 minutes in the 5k. Dallas did edge SCAC foes Austin College and Schreiner University. Behind Moore was Kennedy in 14th (21:04.4). Danaher, Emily Cosgray, and K. Martinez each set PRs with a 21:17.1, 21:24.8, and 23:19.5 respectively.

For the third straight Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Championship, the Crusaders appeared to have 3rd place. However, this fall a new tiebreaker scenario placed UD in 4th behind Texas Lutheran University. Both teams accumulated 111 points. Moore finished with the best time of 25:12.01 in the 6k for 19th place. Kennedy ran the first of two races that distance and was 23rd with a 25:55.72 time. Danaher had tallied a PR prior to her final meet of her career a week later with a 26:05.12, and Cosgray also finished within the top 30 on a 26:15.86 result.

Racing in its third 5k of the season, Dallas was two points away from tying 4th place's Delta State. The Crusaders tallied 132 points for one spot after. Kennedy ran the fastest on the squad with a 20:42 result for 13th. Moore came in 8 ticks after on the board for 15th. Danaher hit a PR at the time (21:26) and Cosgray also ran her fastest time ever (21:30). The tandem rounded out the top 30 for UD runners at 26th and 28th, respectively.


Moore grew stronger as the season wore on. In a quartet of races, the junior earned a top 10 medal and paced the Crusaders with the fastest times. Her PR in the 6k at the USCAA earned her a spot on the All-American 1st Team. She is the 9th Crusader to make the team all-time.
Kennedy led UD in three-of-four 5ks this season. Her best performance was in the second race that distance on the year with her 20:20.2 result at the Texas Lutheran Bulldog Invitational. Still, In six races this season, Kennedy scored within the top two from the Navy and White.
Danaher consistently was in the top 3 for the Crusaders every competition this year. In the ETBU Invitational she clocked a PR at the time for the 6k (26:54.7) for the 2nd fastest time on the squad. Of course she bested this time her final cross country race at the USCAA Championship.



LETTERWINNERS (* Denotes letter)

Joey Danaher**

Bridget Kennedy**

Karmina Martinez**

Mary Rose Corkery*

Emily Cosgray*

Elizabeth Herrera*

Mary Korth*

Angela Moore*

Ana Wilhelm*

Team MVP - Joey Danaher

2016 SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team - Joey Danaher

2016 USCAA All-Academic Team - Angela Moore, Bridget Kennedy

2016 USCAA All-American First Team - Angela Moore


Angela Moore set the 6k record with a time of 23:38 in the USCAA Championship at Virginia Beach, Virginia on November 11.


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