Former Husky Earns Team Bronze at World Cross

March 21, 2004

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Former Husky All-American Courtney Inman placed 37th Sunday at the 2004 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, leading Team Canada to the bronze medal in the 4,000-meter women's short-course race at Ossegem Park.

Kenya's Edith Masai ran away with the individual title in 13 minutes, 7 seconds, but Ethiopia swept the second through fourth spots to earn the team crown. The Ethiopians' total of 19 points was just two better than Kenya's 21, with Canada third at 87. Team USA placed seventh, with 141 points.

The muddy conditions and persistent wind proved little trouble for Vancouver-resident Inman, who covered the course in 14:14 to place fifth among Canadian runners.

'It was exciting,' Inman said after the race. 'From watching the other races, your placing really didn't change much from lap to lap, and it was really hard to move up, so if I wanted a good placing, I had to do it within the first part of the race. I really didn't have time to think. I just kept trying to push out the pain and try to keep up with my teammates.'

A 2003 graduate of Washington, Inman earned All-America honors last season with a fourth-place finish in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Championships, and was Canada's fifth-ranked runner at that distance in 2003.

For complete results of the 2004 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, visit www.iaaf.org.

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