Cross-Country Earns Top-Five Finishes at Notre Dame Invitational

Oct. 4, 2002

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Washington's men's and women's cross-country squads overcame changing weather patterns and a field of highly-ranked competitors to earn top-five finishes Friday at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind. Stanford, ranked No. 1 on the men's side and No. 2 among women's teams, swept both the team and individual titles.

Early morning rain and wind, which hampered the second-division gold races, changed to sun and heat prior to the two showcase blue races, forcing runners to deal with a muddy course and rising temperatures.

With 132 points, Washington's unranked women's squad placed fourth overall in the women's blue race, defeating No. 27 Indiana while falling to No. 2 Stanford, No. 18 Wisconsin and No. 3 Notre Dame.

Senior Courtney Inman was outstanding in her 2002 debut, clocking a personal-best 17 minutes, 54 seconds to place 11th overall. Senior Kate Bradshaw finished 21st in 18:10, just seconds ahead of junior Kate Spigel, 22nd in 18:13. Stanford dominated the women's race, placing four runners in the top five, and five in the top-10. Cardinal sophomore Sara Bei nudged out teammates Lauren Fleshman and Alicia Craig at the line to win in 16:48, the others finishing just a second behind.

The 30th-ranked Huskies placed fifth in the men's blue race with 150 points, trailing only No. 1 Stanford (33 points), No. 25 Michigan (80), No. 23 Notre Dame (118) and Utah State (137). The race was the second meeting between the Huskies and Wolverines in the past two weeks, with Washington having defeated Michigan by a point to win September's Sundodger Invitational in Seattle.

Junior Eric Garner led Washington's men for the second time this season, covering the 8,000-meter course in 25:10to earn 22nd place. Garner was followed closely by sophomores Michael Kiter, 24th in 25:17, and Matt Topping, who placed 29th in 25:22. The Cardinal tandem of Ryan Hall and Donald Sage swept the top spots in the men's race, finishing in 24:10 and 24:20, respectively.

Several Washington athletes compete Saturday at the Willamette Invitational in Salem, Ore., with the team reuniting next week in preparation for the Oct. 19 Pre-National Meet on the host course of the 2002 NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.

For complete results of Friday's Notre Dame Invitational, visit the official site of Notre Dame athletics at

Notre Dame Invitational
South Bend, Ind.
Oct. 4, 2002

Women's Blue Race (5,000m)
Top-10 Teams: 1. Stanford, 21; 2. Wisconsin, 67; 3. Notre Dame, 77; 4. Washington, 132; 5. Indiana, 149; 6. Northwestern, 188; 7. Ball State, 296; 8. Purdue, 301; 9. Utah State, 317; 10. Mississippi State, 341.
Individual Winner: Sara Bei, Stanford, 16:40.
Husky Finishers: 11. Courtney Inman, 17:54; 21. Kate Bradshaw, 18:10; 22. Kate Spigel, 18:13; 32. Lindsey Egerdahl, 18:23; 46. Chessa Adsit-Morris, 18:33; 52. Camille Connelly, 18:35; 57. Laura Hodgson, 18:40; 64. Jamie Gibbs, 18:46; 77. Laura Halvorsen, 18:53.

Men's Blue Race (8,000m)
Top-10 Teams:
1. Stanford, 33; 2. Michigan, 80; 3. Notre Dame, 118; 4. Utah State, 137; 5. Washington, 150; 6. Southern Methodist, 150; 7. Belmont, 238; 8. Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 275; 9. Arkansas-Little Rock, 280; 10. Purdue, 321.
Individual Winner: Ryan Hall, Stanford, 24:10
Husky Finishers: 22. Eric Garner, 25:10; 24. Michael Kiter, 25:17; 29. Matt Topping, 25:22; 38. Mark Mandi, 25:28; 40. Todd Arnold, 25:31; 57. Andy Fader, 25:48; 88. Ben Koss, 26:11; 141. John Russell, 27:02; 142. Jeremy Park, 27:04.

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