UA Cross Country Ends Season at NCAA West Regional
Nov. 16, 2002
PALO ALTO, Calif. - The 2002 cross country season came to an early close for both the men's and women's cross country teams. The Wildcats needed to finish first or second in the team standings to earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships on November 25. The UA women finished 21st with 542 points, while the men were 10th with 300 points. Host Stanford swept the men's and women's team and individual titles.
The youthful Wildcat women ended a season filled with learning experiences. Freshmen Adrienne Goeller led the UA women for the fourth consecutive meet. She finished 62nd overall with a time of 23:18 on the 6,000-meter course. Redshirt freshman Robin Tierney was 118th, finishing in 24:20. Freshman Jen Ford was the third Wildcat finisher, placing 122nd with a time of 24:24. Freshman Lilli Shoen was the next Arizona runner across the line. She placed 126th in a time of 24:29. The fifth and final finisher for the Wildcats was freshman Michi Hirakawa-Wong in 128th place, also clocking a time of 24:29. Ford and Hirakawa-Wong both finished with the same time along with Lisa Harrison of Eastern Washington, who split up the Wildcat duo in the individual standings.
The Arizona men were again led by junior Mark Anderson, who has been the first Wildcat finisher in every meet during the 2002 season. Anderson finished 26th overall with a time of 31:36 on the 10,000-meter course. Anderson will hope for an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships as an individual, but his finish may be too low to be considered. The second Wildcat finisher was junior Eric Bohn. He finished 46th overall, clocking a time of 32:11. Junior Wade Juntunen was next across the line for the Wildcats, finishing 59th in a time of 32:28. Sophomore Josh Ludwig finished 87th overall in a time of 33:03. The final scorer for the UA men was junior Kevin Engelhardt, who finished 91st with a time of 33:12. Also running for the Wildcats were juniors Matt McInvale and Craig Pansing. McInvale finished 94th overall in 33:19, while Pansing was 113th in 34:06.
With an early close to the 2002 season, the Wildcats will begin to rest up for the 2003 track and field season, which is set to begin in early January.