Inman Leads All UW Finishers at NCAA Cross-Country Championships
Nov. 25, 2002
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Senior Courtney Inman placed 73rd Monday to lead all Husky finishers at the 2002 NCAA Cross-Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. The 24th-ranked Huskies, making their sixth-consecutive appearance at the national meet, placed 31st overall.
Brigham Young backed up its No. 1 ranking with an impressive victory, scoring 85 team points to edge second-ranked Stanford. The Cardinal earned revenge, however, in the men's competition, placing four runners in the top-10 en route to a dominating victory. North Carolina's Shalane Flanagan earned the women's title, completing the 6,000-meter course in 19 minutes, 36 seconds, while Colorado's Jorge Torres held off Arkansas junior Alistair Craig for a two-second victory in the 10,000-meter men's race, finishing in 29:04.
UW's Inman crossed the line in 21:02, bettering by 14 seconds her time at last month's Pre-National Meet, contested on the same LaVerne Gibson Course as Monday's NCAA Championships. The senior from Abbotsford, B.C., led Washington at every race in which she competed this season.
Trailing Inman was sophomore Lindsey Egerdahl, who capped an outstanding season with a 156th-place effort, in 21:41. Egerdahl was followed by a tight pack of UW runners including junior Kate Spigel (199th, 22:06), senior Kate Bradshaw (212th, 22:11) and sophomore Laura Halverson (216th, 22:13). Freshman Laura Hodgson (228th, 22:25) and sophomore Jamie Gibbs (242nd, 22:52) also represented Washington at the meet.
'It was very important today to get out in the front of the pack and stay with the leaders, and unfortunately we weren't able to accomplish that,' said sixth-year cross-country coach Greg Metcalf. 'Our girls fought hard, though. We'll lose two outstanding seniors from this team, but the rest of our girls will be hungry to improve on this finish next season.'
Both Inman and Bradshaw ran their last races in a Husky cross-country uniform. Inman was a freshman on a 1998 Washington team that placed ninth overall at the NCAA meet - the team's best-ever national finish- while Bradshaw led Washington to NCAA appearances in each of her four years on the squad.
Terre Haute, Ind.
LaVerne Gibson Course
Nov. 25, 2002
Women's Race (6,000m)
Top -10 Teams: 1. Brigham Young, 85; 2. Stanford, 113; 3. Notre Dame, 170; 4. Georgetown, 214; 5. Colorado, 220; 6. Providence, 235; 7. Arkansas, 251; 8. Villanova, 256; 9. Wake Forest, 328; 10. Northern Arizona, 333; 31. Washington, 699.
Individual Winner: Shalane Flanagan, North Carolina, 19:36.
Husky Finishers: 73. Courtney Inman, 21:02; 156. Lindsey Egerdahl; 21:41; 199. Kate Spigel, 22:06; 212. Kate Bradshaw, 22:11; 216. Laura Halverson, 22:13; 228. Laura Hodgson, 22:25; 242. Jamie Gibbs, 22:52.
Men's Race (10,000m)
Top-10 Teams: 1. Stanford, 47; 2. Wisconsin, 107; 3. Eastern Michigan, 165; 4. Colorado, 190; 5. Oregon, 210; 6. Arkansas, 214; 7. Northern Arizona, 247; 8. Michigan, 309; 9. Central Michigan, 337; 10. Iona, 376.
Individual Winner: Jorge Torres, Colorado, 29:04.