By Jack Haley | 06/22/2018
It was a beautiful morning on South Campus as the Elon University cross country program hosted the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) cross country championships Saturday morning.
With the season-opening race on Saturday here in Elon, the new coach of the cross country team looks to elevate the program to places it hasn’t gone before. On July 13, Athletic Director Dave Blank announced that Kevin Jermyn would be taking the helm of the cross country program.
Ahead of the cross country season, one runner will be missing from the starting line. Molly Offstein was struck by a car in March while on a run.
The Athletic Department is looking for a new head coach after Dave Blank announced the resignation of Chris Polk today.
With long strides and a determination to succeed, Katie O’Dunne Kilpatrick bolted through the grassy fields of North Carolina during her first cross country race at Elon University in 2008. Her positive attitude and passion for running propelled her onward, but the more distance she covered, the more she felt an excruciating pain develop in her foot.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A day that started with a record-breaking performance from senior Kimberly Johansen ended in frustration for sophomore Nick Ciolkowski and the Elon University cross country teams Friday at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships. Johansen ended a sparkling cross country career with a school record time of 20:51.7 in the 6-kilometer race and her second-straight All-Region finish, taking 14th place.
For the second time in as many tries, Elon University cross country sophomore Nick Ciolkowski went to the Colonial Athletic Association championships and emerged victorious, defending his CAA individual title in Newark, Delaware Saturday morning. But Ciolkowski said he preferred this year’s method — a comfortable pace for five kilometers, a burst with around three kilometers to go, and then cruise control to a 13-second victory — over last season’s seven-tenths-of-a-second sprint to the tape. “It felt great — it was a little less stressful than last year,” Ciolkowski said.
The mindset entering the Colonial Athletic Association Championships is a little different in the second go-round for Elon University cross country sophomore Nick Ciolkowski. “Last year was more of a, ‘Put yourself there and what happens happens.’” Ciolkowski said.
The Elon University cross country teams officially kicked off their seasons Thursday night by hosting the Elon Opener. In the men’s 6-kilometer race, sophomore Nick Ciolkowski burst ahead of the pack around with 2,000 kilometers to take the lead for good, winning the race by 24 seconds with a time of 18 minutes and 32 seconds. “He’s on another level,” said head coach Nick Polk.
Kimberly Johansen has been through a lot of change during her three years with the Elon University cross country team. There was the coaching switch less than two weeks before her sophomore season, when Nick Polk took the helm. At the same time, Elon entered the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).
Sophomore Nick Ciolkowski isn’t the most vocal guy on the Elon University men’s cross country team. And he didn’t think that’d be an issue, particularly so early in his career. That’s what comes with success.
With 100 meters left, Elon University men’s cross country freshman Nick Ciolkowski wasn’t sure he was going to win the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championships Oct.
Home meet goes well for cross country
Preseason race deemed a success for men, women runners
The 2014 cross country season was the longest in Elon University’s history. The impact of the success in 2014 can be felt as the 2015 season dawns for the Phoenix. In head coach Nick Polk’s office hang two plaques: one is for the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Cross Country Athlete of the Year and the other is a 2014 All-American plaque.
The running teams were the class of the Elon University athletic department in 2014-15. Sophomore distance runner Kimberly Johansen and the women’s track and field team captured the school’s first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title, winning the outdoor championships in May.
1. Luis Vargas earns All-American honors Luis Vargas, a senior cross country long distance runner, became the program’s first All-American at the NCAA Cross Country Championship men’s 10K race.
After graduation, some students start their careers. Some take a year off to travel, and others move back home.
Luis Vargas stood at the finish line of the NCAA Men’s Cross Country championship on Nov. 22, 2014.
Senior Luis Vargas of the men’s cross country team became Elon University’s first-ever champion in the Colonial Athletic Association when he crossed the finish line on Saturday, Nov.