<b>Arizona Cross Country Shows Strength at Murray Keatinge Invitational</b>

Oct. 6, 2001

ORONO, Maine - The University of Arizona's women's cross country team dominated the competition in Maine in taking the women's crown. Tara Chaplin led the Wildcats with her convincing first place finish.

Chaplin took the title with plenty of room to spare. Chaplin completed the 5,000-meter race in 16:52.6. Her closest competition was her own teammate, Beth Hoge, who finished second in 17:17.7.

The women scored a season low 19 points. Purdue University claimed second place with 52 points. New Hampshire was third with 104 points.

The Arizona women had all seven runners finish in the top ten. Following Chaplin and Hoge, Erin Doherty finished third in 17:28.0. The next pack of Arizona runners began with sixth place Jennifer Burris (17:42.8). She was followed by seventh place Kim Bates (18:00.7) and eighth place Nicole Gurnicz (18:03.7) The final Arizona runner to cross the line was tenth place Cara Cline (18:12.7).

Along with the women, the Arizona men showed quite a bit of strength following as the Cats finished second with 42 points. Pac-10 rival, Stanford University, took the team title with 25 points. Michigan finished third with 76 points.

The Wildcat men were able to complete the 8,000-meter run in a very tight pack. Leading the men was freshman Mark Anderson. He finished sixth overall in 24:30.6. He was followed closely by Mike Cramer (7th, 24:32.9), Steve Smith (8th, 24:34.1), and Kyle Goklish (9th, 24:44.2). Tom Prindiville rounded out the UA's top five finishing twelfth in 24:56.2. Also competing for Arizona were Matt McInvale (20th, 25:17.0) and Thomas Opio (21st, 25:21.8).

The men's and women's cross country teams will travel to Greenville, S.C. next weekend for the Pre-NCAA Invitational hosted by Furman University.

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