Arizona Cross Country Prepares for West Regional

Oct. 30, 2001

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The Meet: The men's and women's cross country teams will take the next two weeks to prepare for the NCAA West Regional on Sat., Nov. 10. Arizona will host the 31 teams scheduled to compete at the Randolph Golf Course-North. The Wildcats will use this time to get everyone healthy and rested. The top two teams in each race receive automatic berths into the NCAA Championships.

On the men's side: This season has brought upon a lot of adversity for the Arizona men. They have lacked consistency among their top five runners all season. Kyle Goklish, Mark Anderson, and Steve Smith have all occupied the top spot. Mike Cramer, Tom Prindiville, and Matt McInvale have all been a part of the Wildcats' scoring efforts in at least one meet. As the Cats head deeper into the championship season, they hope to gain consistent performances from everyone in order to earn an NCAA Championship berth.

As for the women: Tara Chaplin has been the dominant leader for the Wildcat women this season. She has been helped by group of runners who run in a very tight pack. Beth Hoge, Erin Doherty, Jennifer Burris, and Kim Bates are constantly in the top five. They consistently finish within seconds of each other. The Arizona women are also helped out by the performances of Nicole Gurnicz, Andrea Schwartz, Cara Cline, and Harisimran Khalsa.

Last meet: At the Pac-10 Championships in Scottsdale, Ariz., the women finished second only to Stanford, and the men placed fourth. The women were led by Tara Chaplin's third-place finish in 20:19.6. Chaplin led the whole race until the final 1,000 meters where she was passed by the top two Stanford runners. The men started off in the front pack. They maintained that position for a good portion of the race. Towards the end, the Cats were not able to maintain their positions and slipped to a fourth-place finish. They were led by Kyle Goklish's 10th-place effort in 25:00.1

Murray's Musings: 'This next week is going to be a good week of training. We need to get a couple of kids healthy. Kyle Goklish and Steve Smith were sick, and Smith's performance hurt us a little. It's a matter of getting in a good week of training and staying healthy. For the women, no one is sick or hurt. We need to get Abby Peters better so she can be a factor. If everyone is healthy, then we are very capable and should have no trouble getting to the NCAA Championships.'

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