Women's Cross Country Prepares for Willamette Invite

Oct. 3, 2001

EUGENE - Looking ahead to this weekend's cross country action, the University of Oregon women's squad will compete Saturday, Oct. 6 at the 27th annual Willamette Invitational, while the No. 18-ranked men take a week off from racing.

Women's head coach Tom Heinonen will enter a six-member varsity unit composed of sophomores Laura Harmon, Alicia Snyder-Carlson, Annette Mosey, freshman Sara Schaaf and Taylor Bryant and junior Annie Davis. The team will likely enter several other athletes unattached.

The meet is billed as the largest on the West Coast and will be held at Bush Park near downtown Salem. The men's 8K will start at 10 a.m., with the women's 5K follows at 11:15 a.m. Teams from six western states and Canada, and more than 900 athletes are already entered. Oregon won last year's women's team and individual titles, and former All-American Kathy Hayes owns the course record of 16:19.7. After the meet, results will be posted at http://run-down.com/bearcats/wu.php

Last weekend the Duck women finished 18th at the Roy Griak Invite in St. Paul, Minn., Sat., Sept. 27, and ran without one of its top runners, sophomore Tara Struyk, due to a minor foot injury. Redshirt junior Carrie Zografos led the squad (99th, 22:32.2), followed by sophomore Laura Harmon (106th, 22:35.8), sophomore Magdalena Sandoval (162nd, 23:04.0), junior Erinn Gulbrandsen (180th, 23:19.1), sophomore Alicia Snyder-Carlson (188th, 23:24.0), sophomore Annette Mosey (199th ,23:41.2), and freshman Sara Schaff (210th, 24:23.8).

After being ranked 18th in this week's national poll, the Duck men will take a weekend off from competition, after finishing 11th last week at the Roy Griak Invite. All-America junior Jason Hartmann led Oregon individuals with a 12th-place finish on the 8K course (24:31.7), and was followed by freshman Seth Pilkington (52nd, 25:01.4), freshman Ryan Andrus (84th, 25:15.6), sophomore Noel Paulson (85th, 25:16.0), sophomore Brett Holts (93rd, 25:19.4), junior John Lucas (98th, 25:21.9), and sophomore Eric Logsdon (116th, 25:29.6).

After this weekend, the Oregon varsity squads will take on many of the nation's best teams at the Furman Invitational, Saturday, Oct. 13.



THE MONDO NCAA-I MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY POLL - 10/02/01
Conducted by the UNITED STATES CROSS COUNTRY COACHES ASSOCIATION

                                                  Rank  Pre-                                                  Last SeasonRank  Team                      Region    Points  Week  Rank

1 Colorado (14) MT 398 1 12 Stanford (1) W 379 2 23 Arkansas (1) SC 363 3 34 Wisconsin GL 348 6 65 Notre Dame GL 340 4 56 Portland W 302 13 177 Providence NE 282 5 48 North Carolina State SE 281 8 119 Villanova MA 278 7 710 Northern Arizona MT 274 9 811 Colorado State MT 229 -- --12 Michigan GL 227 14 1913 Duke SE 211 -- --14 Wake Forest SE 193 23 2315 Arizona State W 154 22 2116 Michigan State GL 126 -- --17 Brigham Young MT 115 15 1518 Oregon W 104 16 1319 Eastern Michigan GL 92 24 --20 Weber State MT 89 18 1821 Alabama S 62 21 2222 Georgetown MA 59 10 9=23 Iona NE 53 17 1424 William & Mary SE 51 11 1225 Nebraska MW 50 -- ---- Arizona W -- 12 9=-- Indiana GL -- 19 16-- Minnesota MW -- 20 20-- Air Force MT -- 25 24-- Oklahoma State MW -- -- 25

Also receiving votes: Arizona 38, Utah State 29, Dartmouth 24, Indiana 16, Oklahoma State 14, Air Force 12, Florida State 2, Minnesota 2, Washington 2, Princeton 1.



FinishLynx Women's Cross Country Rankings
Poll released October 1, 2001.

                                                  Rank  Pre-                                                  Last SeasonRank  Team                      Region    Points  Week  Rank

1 Colorado (11) MT 324 1 12 Stanford (1) W 311 2 33 NC State SE 293 3 94= Brigham Young MT 270 4 44= Arizona State W 270 11 106 Boston College NE 268 12 27 Providence NE 241 9 138 North Carolina SE 234 7 69 Arizona W 220 8 810 Arkansas SC 200 13 1211 Georgetown MA 198 10 1112 Colorado State MT 192 14 1613 Michigan State GL 177 24 --14 Wisconsin GL 154 5 515 Virginia SE 142 -- --16 Washington W 122 17 1917 Boston University NE 107 23 --18 UCLA W 96 -- --19 Marquette GL 79 16 1520 Cornell NE 72 -- --21= James Madison NE 51 6 721= Yale NE 51 -- --23 Northern Arizona MT 35 -- --24 Baylor SC 34 -- --25 Villanova MA 22 20 22-- Missouri MW 15 14-- Texas A&M SC 18 17-- Minnesota MW 19 18-- Weber State MT 21 20-- Duke SE 22 25-- Columbia NE 25 23-- Wake Forest SE -- 21-- Michigan GL -- 24

Also receiving votes: Columbia 17, Minnesota, 15, Dartmouth 8, Missouri 6, Duke 4, Florida State 3, UC-Irvine 3, Northwestern 2, Wichita State 2, Notre Dame 1, Weber State 1.

NE = Northeast, MA = Mid-Atlantic, SE = Southeast, GL = Great Lakes, MW = Midwest, SC = South Central, MT = Mountain, W = West, S = South.

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