College of Saint Mary Cross Country Announces Recruits

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College of Saint Mary cross country coach Amy Sauser announced the signings of her 2011-2012 recruiting class. Joining the Flames this season are Stephanie Albert, Mary Jo Gawrick, Hayley Miller, and transfer Alexa Hoffmann.

Albert, a native of Wilber, Nebraska, competed for Wilber-Clatonia High School. She placed 50th place at the 2010 Nebraska State Cross Country Meet with a time of 17:14.3 minutes. Albert was also named an all-conference runner.

Miller, from Ft. Calhoun, Nebraska, attended Fort Calhoun High School. She has a career best time of 6:30 minutes in the mile.

Gawrick, a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, played basketball and ran cross country and track at Lincoln East. She also was a member of the Cornhusker Flyers Track Club and competed at the Junior Olympic lever for track and field.

Hoffmann, from Woodbine, Iowa, transfers from University of Iowa and competed at Harlan (IA) High School. She was a four time letter winner and was an alternate runner for the Iowa State Cross Country Meet.

“I'm excited about our incoming class,” commented Head Coach Amy Sauser. “I believe they have the strength and talent to help us move up in the conference rankings.”

Last season, the Flames finished in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Meet in Lawrence, Kansas. Marcie Minchow finished fourth overall and qualified for the NAIA National Meet.

“They have what it takes to put the CSM cross country program back at the top of the MCAC,” added Sauser.

CSM opens the 2011 campaign at the Tarkio Hills Time Trials in Tarkio, Missouri on August 27.

College of Saint Mary athletic teams are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate

Athletics (NAIA) and the Midland Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC). CSM is a Catholic university dedicated to the education of women in an environment that calls forth potential and fosters leadership.