25th-Ranked Husky Women Take 6th at Notre Dame Invitational

Oct. 3, 2003

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Washington's 25th-ranked women's cross country team earned a solid sixth-place finish at Friday's Notre Dame Invitational at Burke Memorial Golf Course. The prestigious meet, held every year since 1956, featured many of the nation's top collegiate squads, including four top-25 teams on both the men's and women's sides.

The Huskies earned a total of 180 points in the featured Women's Blue Race, 107 points behind second-ranked Notre Dame, which won the title on its home course with a score of 73. 20th-ranked Wake Forest ran second with 105 points, while No. 17 Penn State took third place with a score of 134.

No one covered the 5,000-meter course faster than Fighting Irish sophomore Molly Huddle, who finished in 17:12, a comfortable 12 seconds ahead of runner-up and teammate Lauren King and 25 seconds quicker than third-place finisher Anna Sherman of Wake Forest. The Huskies put two runners in the top 30, led by junior co-captain Lindsey Egerdahl (Auburn, Wash./Auburn), who placed 20th in 17:58. Freshman Amy Lia (Bothell, Wash./Bothell) was the next Husky across the line at 18:08, good for 27th place.

A group of four Huskies finished within 17 seconds of each other, led by freshman Marie Foushee (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue) who placed 41st, in 18:21. Junior Jamie Gibbs (Arvada, Colo./Arvada) trailed close behind, finishing in 44th place in 18:28.

Both Washington's men's and women's teams will take the coming week off in preparation for the Oct. 18 Pre-National Meet in Waterloo, Iowa, on the same course as November's NCAA Championships.

For complete results of all four races at the Notre Dame Invitational, visit www.und.com.

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