Two seniors and a sophomore have been selected for leadership roles for the 2014 St. Lawrence University women's cross country team as it seeks its 13th straight Liberty League championship and a seventh straight trip to the NCAA Championships.
With the loss of three of their top five runners from last fall, including All America Amy Cymerman, veteran Saint coach Mike Howard is looking for the trio of new captains, senior Anne Martino, senior Anna Rabideau and sophomore Lisa Grohn to provide the leadership which will be essential to the team's success.
"I think Anne, Anna and Lisa are poised to meet the challenge and I could not be more pleased with their selection as captains," Howard said.
Martino is a three-year member of Saint NCAA Championship teams and has been a consistent top seven performer during her career. She played a critical role in the Saint championship run last fall with three top ten finishes and was the third Saint scorer in the NCAA championship. "Anne has the talent to be among the top runners in the region this fall, and the potential is certainly there to have a break-out season," Howard said.
Rabideau has battled lingering injuries since her senior year in high school, but moved steadily through the team's ranks last fall to become a top seven runner for the Saints down the stretch. She was the fifth Saint finisher in the NCAA Championships. "Anna has shown great perseverance throughout her first three seasons and it paid off with some key runs at the end of last season," Howard said.
Grohn, who was the Liberty League Rookie of the Year in cross country and both indoor and outdoor track, has been dubbed the "happiest" runner, Howard has ever coached. She qualified for the NCAA cross country and indoor and outdoor championships in a tremendous first year. "Lisa runs every race with a smile ear to ear and win or lose is always upbeat about the results knowing that she's given it her best effort"