Women's Cross Country Finishes Seventh At Pac-10 Championships

Nov. 4, 2002

Pasadena, Calif. -

At the 2002 Pacific-10 Cross Country Championships, USC senior Brooke Thomas' third-place individual finish in the 6000m women's race led the Women of Troy to a seventh-place team finish. Stanford for the second year in a row swept both women and men's team and individual titles.

The races were held at Pasadena's Brookside Country Club and UCLA was the host school.

No. 2 Stanford won the women's team title for the seventh consecutive year, with 23 points, followed by second-place No. 17 Arizona State (59), third-place No. 25 Washington (79) and fourth-place No. 19 UCLA (86) (the top four of nine teams).

USC finished with a team time of 1:53.14, an average of 22:12 per runner. The Women of Troy (202 points) finished just four points behind sixth-place Washington State.

Cardinal sophomore Sara Bei won the women's 6000m race in a time of 19:48. Finishing second was last year's conference champion, senior Lauren Fleshman in a time of 19:50. Stanford captured four of the top five individual places.

Thomas ran 21:30 for USC. Also for the Women of Troy, Danielle Morrell was 42nd (22:24), Kate Pinta was 48th (22:41), Kate Neeper was 59th (23:15), Harlye Maya was 62nd (23:24), Meghan Mainwaring was 69th (24:03), Crystal Becker was 71st (24:08), Jazmin Treadway was 73rd (24:25), Holly Peters was 74th (24:26) and Rae Stumbough was 75th (24.:40).

The Women of Troy are finished for the season, but Thomas will go on to compete as an individual in the NCAA Regionals at Stanford, Calif., on Nov. 16.

Pac-10 Women Team Standings1. Stanford 23, 2. Arizona State 59, 3. Washington 79, 4. UCLA 86, 5. Oregon 134, 6. Washington State 197, 7. USC 202, 8. California 208, 9. Arizona 242.

Women Individually (6000m/Top 10 of 77 runners)1. Sara Bei, SU, 19:48; 2. Lauren Fleshman, SU, 19:50; 3. Lena Nilsson, UCLA, 20:01; 4. Alicia Craig, SU, 20:10; 5. Malindi Elmore, SU, 20:25; 6. Jessica Scalzo, ASU, 20:53; 7. Courtney Inman, UW, 20:57; 8. Carrrie Zografos, UO, 21:03; 9. Alejandra Barrientos, 21:11; 10. Amy Hastings, ASU, 21:11.

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