Six former members of Goucher’s cross country or track teams came to campus October 12 to tie their shoelaces, take their marks, and run full tilt through the woods. They—and current student-athletes—were competing in the Goucher Women’s Cross Country Classic 6K. The event, in which both male and female former athletes are invited to participate, traditionally is Goucher’s only home meet each season. (This year, no alumni chose to compete.) Marisa Long Gossweiller ’07, the first alumna to cross the finish line, earned 10th place overall with a time of 29:31.2.
Competition between the alumnae always is of the “friendly and fun variety,” says Sarah Maeffi Yoho ’04, a race participant and an assistant coach for Goucher’s women’s cross country team. “It’s not just about competition: More alumnae/i come to watch as spectators and enjoy the tailgate afterward.”
Everyone—students, families, and alumnae/i—appreciates the sense of community and tradition the event offers, says Head Coach John Caslin. “In my 20 years at Goucher, it has only not been run twice. It has been our tradition to host a family and alumnae/i picnic after the meet, and in recent years, we’ve invited the alumnae/i to form teams as well.”
If you are a former member of Goucher’s men’s or women’s cross country or track teams and missed this year’s race, do not fret: Next fall will be here soon.