Arizona Men Fifth at Pre-NCAA Invitational
Oct. 13, 2001
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The University of Arizona's men's cross country team finished fifth against some of that nation's best competition at this weekend's Pre-NCAA Invitational. The women's team did not travel to the meet due to injury and illness to some of the runners.
Due to the large number of team entries, the meet was split up into two races for each the men and the women. Arizona's fifth place finish put them behind first place Colorado (62 points), second place Notre Dame (172 points), third place Air Force Academy (184 points), and fourth place UC Santa Barbara (189 points). The Wildcats finished with a total of 198 points.
Steve Smith finished seventeenth individually to lead the Wildcats, finishing in 24:47 on the 8,000-meter course. Boaz Cheboiywo of Eastern Michigan finished first in the same race as Arizona with a 23:31 finish. It was the fastest of the day among the men's competition.
Smith was closely followed by several other Arizona runners. Senior Mike Cramer finished 26th for the Cats in 25:01. Junior Kyle Goklish and freshman Mark Anderson finished 37th and 38th respectively. Goklish finished in 25:14, and Anderson finished a second behind in 25:15. The fifth Arizona runner was senior Tom Prindiville, who finished 80th in 25:39. Sophomore Kevin Engelhardt finished 89th in 25:48, and sophomore Matt McInvale finished 111th in 25:59.
Both the men and women will resume competition on October 27 at the Pac-10 Championships hosted by Arizona State University.