Women's Cross Country Place 3rd, Men 16th at Roy Griak Invitational

Sept. 29, 2001

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The University of Arizona's women's cross country team ran to a third place finish in its first meet of the year. Leading the women was senior Tara Chaplin who placed fourth overall.

Chaplin maintained a presence in the front pack and finished only thirty seconds behind Sabrina Monro of Washington who won the race. Chaplin finished the 6,000 meter event in 20:42.5.

The Wildcat women scored 167 points behind first place Arizona State with 109 points and second place Providence College with 139 points.

The Arizona women ran in a close pack throughout the race. Following Chaplin was sophomore Beth Hoge finishing 24th (21:32.8) and senior Erin Doherty finishing 29th (21:43.6). Rounding out the top five were senior Jennifer Burris who finished 53rd (22:04.6) and junior Kim Bates who finished 57th (22:08.0).

The Arizona men finished in 16th place out of 36 teams with 373 points. UA was led by junior Kyle Goklish. He placed 45th overall and finished the 8,000 meter course in 24:55.7. The men's race was won by Wisconsin with 129 points followed by second place Portland (Ore.) with 167 points and Providence College with 189 points.

For the men, Goklish was followed by senior Mike Cramer finishing 57th (25:04.3), senior Tom Prindiville finishing 66th (25:07.0), and sophomore Mark Anderson finishing 68th (25:08.3). The final scoring runner for the Wildcats was sophomore Matt McInvale in 137th place (25:38.6).

The Wildcats will resume competition next weekend with the junior varsity runners up at the ASU Invitational and the varsity runners in Orono, Maine at the Murray Keatinge Invitational.

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