<b>Arizona Cross Country Heads to Pre-NCAA Meet</b>

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Oct. 9, 2001

The Meet: The University of Arizona's men's and women's cross country teams will head to Greenville, S.C. for the Pre-NCAA Invitational on Sat., Oct. 13. Hosted by Furman University, the meet is a preview of the national championship meet, and it will take place on the Furman University Cross Country Course. The women's 6K will begin at 11:00 a.m. EST. The men's race will follow at 12:00 p.m. EST.

Who's Going?: The Wildcats will send seven men and seven women to the meet. The men's team will include: Mark Anderson, Mike Cramer, Kyle Goklish, Matt McInvale, Thomas Opio, Tom Prindiville, and Steve Smith. The women will field a team of: Kim Bates, Jennifer Burris, Tara Chaplin, Cara Cline, Erin Doherty, Nicole Gurnicz, and Beth Hoge.

On the men's side: The Wildcat men continue to look for a consistent leader this season. The number one spot has been occupied by junior Kyle Goklish and freshman Mark Anderson. Senior Mike Cramer has been a constant in the team's number two spot. Senior Tom Prindiville is also a consistent face seen in the top five for the Wildcats. Senior Steve Smith and sophomore Matt McInvale have also been factors in the scoring for the Cats. Also making an impact on this year's team are: junior Eric Bohn, senior Thomas Opio, sophomore Kevin Engelhardt, and sophomore Wade Juntunen.

As for the women: Senior Tara Chaplin continues to be a very effective leader for this year's squad. She placed 3rd at the Roy Griak Invitational and 1st at the Murray Keatinge Invitational. Following her has been sophomore Beth Hoge and senior Erin Doherty. Rounding out a consistent top five for the Wildcats are senior Jennifer Burris and junior Kim Bates. Other Wildcats who continue to add to Arizona's strength are: junior Nicole Gurnicz, sophomore Andrea Schwartz, junior Cara Cline, and junior Harisimran Khalsa.

Last week: Both of the Arizona cross country teams had very strong showings this past week in Maine. The women's team claimed the women's crown led by Tara Chaplin's first-place finish. The men bounced back with a second-place finish to Pac-10 rival Stanford University. Mark Anderson led the men with a sixth-place finish. Both teams were able to run in tight packs which led to their successful finishes.

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