Husky Women Place 23rd at NCAA Cross Country meet

Nov. 20, 2000

The Washington women's cross country team finished 23rd overall at the NCAA Cross Country Championships Monday morning. The squad also boasted an All-America finisher among them as senior Cami Matson (Kent, Wash.) placed in the top 30 earning the honor.

Matson led the way for the Huskies placing 21st overall in a time of 21:15.8 for the 6,000 meter race. Sophomore Kate Bradshaw (Issaquah, Wash.) crossed the finish line 89th for Washington. Seniors Jen Schindler (Sacramento, Calif.), Kara Syrdal (Shoreline, Wash.) and Liza English (Yakima, Wash.) followed at 158th, 172nd, and 223rd. Junior Susan Werner (Boise, Idaho) and red-shirt freshman Kate Spigel (Albuquerque, N.M.) finished out the UW top seven

The Husky women entered the NCAA meet ranked 25th in the nation after placing fifth at the West Regional meet, Nov. 11. Washington had been ranked in the top 10 in the country every week from the October 2 poll on.

The Huskies finished ahead of conference foe Oregon, who entered the meet ranked 22nd and Marquette, who came in with a No. 23 national ranking. Coach Greg Metcalf said he was pleased with the women's effort especially in the blistering cold conditions.

'Being 13th a year ago here and walking away 23rd today, I think I am happier with this performance because of the things we have been through in the past month,' Metcalf said. 'We went out there today with Kate Spigel, who had never traveled with us before, Susan Werner, who was not going to run any more cross country meets three weeks ago, and we used her because of some injuries. Liza English had never been to a national cross country meet before and she was our fifth gal. That is a lot of stress. Kate Bradshaw was working hard like she always is. And Cami, four or five years ago, somebody told her that she shouldn't run anymore. But she came back as a fifth-year senior and did great. She kept with it and ran smart. She ran like the senior that she is, and she came away as an All-American. Kara ran probably the best race she has in the last month at least. Jen Schindler was one of the few women out there without tights on, so she finished like an ice cube, but she ran well.'

'I am extremely pleased with our performance today, especially in the cold. I couldn't be happier. Coming in here we were ranked 25th, so we beat a few teams that we weren't supposed to beat, but that is what it is all about. I guarantee no one else came here without three of their top seven. A lot of teams couldn't handle that, but these women kept regrouping and battling, and ended up beating teams we probably shouldn't have at a meet we maybe should not have made it to. I am extremely proud of these women.'

Syrdal ran in her fourth-straight NCAA Cross Country Championship meet. She is the first Washington women's cross country runner to do so.

Husky finishers:21. Cami Matson, 21:15.8, 89. Kate Bradshaw, 21:55.0, 158. Kara Syrdal, 22:28.9, 172. Jen Schindler, 22:35.7. 223. Liza English, 23:25, 247. Susan Werner, 24:32.1, 249. Kate Spigel, 24:43.6

Here is a look at the Huskies stand in the FinishLynx NCAA Cross Country Poll.

Pre-season poll-- tied for 16th, Sept. 18-- 18th, Sept. 25-- 17th, Oct. 2 -- 4th, Oct. 9 -- 4th, Oct. 16 -- 6th, Oct. 30 -- 9th, Nov. 13 -- 25th

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