Women's Harriers Take on Nation's Best in Pre-Nationals Race

Oct. 19, 2002

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The University of Oregon women's cross country team joined many of the nation's top teams Saturday in the Pre-Nationals race, previewing the course of November's NCAA Championships.

The Duck women finished 18th with 503 points in the 37-team white race, which featured 15 top-40 teams, with the Ducks edging No. 31 Florida State (19th, 505) and No. 37 Idaho (24th, 552). Overall, No. 2 Stanford put four runners in the top 10 overall en route to the win with 57 points, edging No. 26 Wake Forest (second, 165) and No. 6 N.C. State (third, 199).

'I thought we competed hard and competed well,' Oregon women's head coach Tom Heinonen said. 'We didn't get an A race from everybody but you never do in meets like this. We helped ourselves by beating Florida State and Dartmouth. The race was as big as nationals in numbers and as important as nationals in quality, and we handled the pressure well. If we can just get to nationals, this performance will help us a lot.'

Individually for Oregon, redshirt senior Carrie Zografos led the Ducks for the second time this season, taking 53rd overall (21:35), just ahead of junior Laura Harmon (63rd, 21:41). Juniors Eri Macdonald (112th, 22:09) and Magdalena Sandoval (122nd, 22:14) and senior Erinn Gulbrandsen (153rd, 22:30) rounded out the scoring, and other Duck entrants included redshirt junior Alicia Snyder-Carlson (191st, 23:02) and freshman Nicole Feest (19th, 23:07).

The Duck scorers ran in close proximity early with the top three only two seconds apart at the 3K midway point - Harmon (10:46), Zografos (10:47), Sandoval (10:49) - with Macdonald (10:57) and Gulbrandsen (11:03) close behind. In the second half on an nearly identical section of the LaVern Gibson Championships Course, Zografos came back to run only a second slower (10:48), while Harmon and Macdonald were only five and 15 seconds slower, respectively.

'Carrie and Laura were solid from start to finish,' Heinonen said. 'They moved up in the second half and finished strongly. Eri ran her best cross country race ever, and Magdalena hung on given how little running she's been able to do in the past two weeks. Erinn ran well throughout the race for the second meet in a row - that will help us for later.'

Individually, Florida State's Vicky Gill (first, 19:55) pulled away in the final 500 meters from Stanford's Alicia Craig (second, 20:03) and Sara Bei (third, 20:13).

In the other women's race, No. 1 BYU easily won the blue section with 55 points, outdistancing No. 4 Colorado (second, 143) and No. 5 Georgetown (third ,175) in a field featuring 14 top-40 teams. North Carolina's Shalane Flanagan pulled away from the field early and held on to win by 12 seconds (19:57), over Yale's Kate O'Neill (second, 20:09) and Colorado's Molly Austin (third, 20:13).

On the men's side, No. 1 Stanford validated their ranking with an easy win in the blue race, putting their top five in the top 10 overall and finishing with 27 points. No. 4 Northern Arizona followed in second place with 92 points, ahead of No. 10 BYU (third, 171) and No. 17 Indiana (fourth, 237) against a field featuring 31 top-40 teams.

In the men's white race, No. 3 Colorado (second, 87 points) edged No. 16 Iona (second, 125) and No. 19 Central Michigan (third, 148) in a field featuring 31 top-40 squads. The Buffaloes featured the top three finishers - senior Jorge Torres (23:35) who broke away at the midway point - and senior teammates Steve Slattery (second, 23:55) and Ed Torres (third, 23:58) finished strong.

Looking ahead, the Duck M&W look forward to a weekend off from competition before beginning the championship season in the Pac-10 Championships, Saturday Nov. 2 at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, Calif.



FINAL RESULTS

Pre-Nationals
LaVern Gibson Championship Course
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, Ind.
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002

Women's White Race Team Results - 1, Stanford, 57. 2, Wake Forest, 165. 3, N.C. State, 199. 4, Notre Dame, 214. 4, Northern Arizona, 214. 6, Columbia, 231. 7, Virginia, 233. 8, Arizona State, 254. 9, UCLA, 296. 10, Marquette, 299. 11, Michigan State, 367. 12, Toledo, 411. 13, Northwestern, 414. 14, Penn State, 421. 15, Weber State, 440. 16, Texas A&M, 478. 17, West Virginia, 480. 18, Oregon, 503. 19, Florida State, 505. 20, Dartmouth, 509. 21, Coastal Carolina, 519. 22, Cornell, 549. 23, Baylor, 550. 24, Idaho, 552. 25, LaSalle, 664. 26, Kansas, 666. 27, Western Michigan, 702. 28, Western Kentucky, 732. 29, Iowa State, 743. 30, Butler, 747. 31, Air Force, 783. 32, Utah State, 784. 34, Purdue, 34, Arkansas Little Rock, 824. 35, Belmont, 905. 36, Tulsa, 907. 37, Rhode Island, 1080.

Women's White Individual Results (6K) - 1, Vicky Gill, Florida State, 19:55. 2, Alicia Craig, Stanford, 20:03. 3, Sara Bei, Stanford, 20:13. 4, Lauren Fleshman, Stanford, 20:13. 5, Megan Metcalfe, West Virginia, 20:23. 6, Lauren King, Notre Dame, 20:24. 7, Molly Huddle, Notre Dame, 20:26. 8, Lena Nilsson, UCLA, 20:29. 9, Malindi Elmore, Stanford, 20:30. 10, Brianna Shook, Toledo, 20:34. 11, Annie Bersagel, Wake Forest, 20:35. 12, AnnaMari Moutsinga, Coastal Carolina, 20:38. 13, Johanna Nilsson, Northern Arizona, 20:39. 14, Ida Nilsson, Northern Arizona, 20:40. 15, Tracey Brauksieck, Penn State, 20:48. 16, Kristin Price, N.C. State, 20:51. 17, Jessica Scalzo, Arizona State, 20:52. 18, Michelle Carson, Michigan State, 20:53. 19, Debbie Thornhill, Baylor, 20:55. 20, Melissa Gulli, Texas A&M, 21:01.

Women's Blue Race Team Results - 1, BYU, 55. 2, Colorado, 143. 3, Georgetown, 175. 4, Wisconsin, 207. 5, Missouri, 209. 5, Duke, 209. 7, North Carolina, 230. 8, Indiana, 239. 9, William & Mary, 312. 10, Michigan, 346. 11, Washington, 354. 12, Texas, 394. 13, Boston College, 407. 14, Ball State, 417. 15, Minnesota, 430. 16, Yale, 451. 17, Princeton, 458. 18, Miami (OH), 482. 19, Kent State, 524. 20, James Madison, 536. 21, Stony Brook, 548. 22, Illinois, 668. 23, Montana State, 674. 24, Central Michigan, 678. 25, Harvard, 680. 26, Montana, 698. 27, Utah, 707. 28, Mississippi State, 708. 29, Pennsylvania, 726. 30, Florida, 741. 31, Illinois State, 755. 32, Cal Santa Barbara, 764. 33, Richmond, 767. 34, Rice, 819. 35, Bucknell, 821. 36, Washington State, 838. 37, New Hampshire, 850. 38, Arizona, 1196.

Men's Blue Race Team Results - 1, Stanford, 27. 2, Northern Arizona, 92. 3, BYU, 171. 4, Indiana, 237. 5, Butler, 251. 6, N.C. State, 260. 7, Dartmouth, 264. 8, Arizona State, 285. 9, Utah State, 302. 10, Princeton, 326. 11, Notre Dame, 336. 12, Portland, 340. 13, Miami (OH), 367. 14, Texas A&M. 15, Utah, 391. 16, Virginia, 448. 17, New Mexico, 464. 18, Illinois, 474. 19, Kent State, 500. 20, Harvard, 20. 21, Purdue, 537. 22, Florida, 546. 23, UC Santa Barbara, 553. 24, New Hampshire, 574. 25, Eastern Kentucky, 612. 26, Pennsylvania, 643. 27, Arizona, 682. 28, Kansas, 727. 29, Eastern Illinois, 776. 30, Bucknell, 31, James Madison, 829. 32, Arkansas Little Rock, 834. 33, Youngstown State, 840. 34, Indiana State, 887. 35, Northern Iowa, 957.

Men's Blue Race Individuals (8K) - 1, Kip Kangogo, BYU, 23:46. 2, Grant Robison, Stanford, 23:47. 3, Ian Dobson, Stanford, 23:49. 4, Tom McArdle, Dartmouth, 23:56. 5, Mark Tucker, Butler, 23:56. 6, Donald Sage, Stanford, 24:02. 7, Louis Luchini, Stanford, 24:03. 8, Nurani Sheikh, Northern Arizona, 24:04. 9, Peter Meindl, Stanford, 24:07. 10, Mark Menefee, Kansas, 24:08.

Men's White Race Team Results - 1, Colorado, 87. 2, Iona, 125. 3, Central Michigan, 148. 4, Weber State, 187. 5, Georgetown, 197. 6, Michigan, 201. 7, Michigan State, 239. 8, Ohio State, 245. 9, Montana State, 250. 10, Iowa, 344. 11, LaSalle, 349. 12, William & Mary, 350. 13, Washington, 364. 14, Cal Poly SLO, 378. 15, Columbia, 392. 16, Baylor, 425. 17, Iowa State, 504. 18, Cornell, 521. 19, Air Force, 560. 20, Loyola, 565. 21, Belmont, 574. 22, Washington State, 583. 23, Charlotte, 597. 24, Missouri, 623. 25, Florida State, 651. 26, Duke, 653. 27, Wake Forest, 674. 28, Yale, 695. 29, Western Michigan, 702. 30, Marquette, 754. 31, Drake, 786. 32, Penn State, 823. 33, Cincinnati, 829. 34, Oakland, 839. 35, Illinois State, 905. 36, North Carolina, 923.

Men's White Race Individuals (8K) - 1, Jorge Torres, Colorado, 23:35. 2, Steve Slattery, Colorado, 23:55. 3, Ed Torres, 23:58. 4, Lyle Weese, Montana State, 23:58. 5, Christopher Toloff, Michigan State, 24:08. 6, William Kemey, Belmont, 24:09. 7, Rod Koborsi, Georgetown, 24:15. 8, Tristen Perlberg, Central Michigan, 24:17. 9, Jake Flynn, Central Michigan, 24:20. 10, Peter Riley, Iona, 24:20.

*Full rsults at http://web.indstate.edu/athletic/cross web site.

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