Cross Country Men Place 12th In 36-Team Race At Pre-NCAA Meet

Oct. 13, 2001

Greenville, S.C.-- The Washington State University men's cross country team battled hot and humid conditions to place 12th in a 37-team race, while the women finished 25th at the Furman Pre-NCAA Invitational. Because of the 71 schools competing, the event was split into two men's and two women's races.

Ian Johnson, a sophomore from Spokane, Wash., continues to lead the Cougar men, placing 28th to help his team grab 12th place overall in the faster of the two races. Seniors Oscar Franco-Parra and Jon Welsh ran significantly better this week, finishing 42nd and 53rd, respectively. Also running well for WSU, senior Scott Johnson crossed the line 95th, freshman Mike Heidt 135th and junior Mark Wicklander 168th.

'Relatively speaking, the men's team did much better this week, especially considering the hot and humid conditions,' WSU Head Coach James Li said. 'Overall, we achieved what we were here to achieve, but can still run much better.'

Top-ranked Colorado claimed victory in the men's race with 62 points, far surpassing Notre Dame in second with 172 points. Washington State defeated two ranked opponents by placing 12th, edging out 32nd-ranked Florida State in 13th and no. 20 Weber State in 17th.

The WSU women placed 25th out of the 37 teams in their race. Once again, junior Everlyne Lagat led the Cougar runners, grabbing a 34th-place finish in the 246-runner field. Anna Blue, a junior from Olympia, Wash., ran very well to place 83rd. Other WSU finishers include senior Ryan Gilmore 147th, senior Jenny Filipy 154, senior April Gagner 192, freshman Molly Bull 216th and freshman Julia Corbett 240th.

'Although we had some improvements, our women's team would have hoped to do better,' Li said. 'Everlyne Lagat, definitely didn't run her best race, however, Anna Blue ran considerably better today.'

No. 2 ranked Stanford won the women's race with 72 points, followed closely by Brigham Young with 74. Washigton, the only other Pac-10 team in the race placed fifth overall.

WSU takes a weekend off to train for the Pac-10 Championships, which take place Saturday, October 27 in Gilbert, Ariz.

Furman Pre-NCAA Invitational
(Furman Cross Country Course, Greenville, S.C., 8,000 meters)
October 13, 2001
Men's Team Results (top five and Pac-10 teams): 1. Colorado 62, 2. Notre Dame 172, 3. Air Force 184, 4. UC Santa Barbara 189, 5. Arizona 198, 9. Arizona State 231, 12. Washington State 353.
Top Ten Individuals: 1. Boaz Cheboiywo (Eastern Michingan) 23:31, 2. Jorge Torres (Colorado) 23:49, 3. Dathan Ritzenhein (Colorado) 24:11, 4. Luke Watson (Notre Dame) 24:17, 5. Fasil Bizuneh (Arizona State) 24:25, 6. Nathan Sisco (Wake Forest) 24:27, 7. Andrew Blaich (Villanova) 24:31, 8. Josh Horton (UC Santa Barbara) 24:34, 9. Sean Kelly (Duke) 24:34, 10. Ed Torres (Colorado) 24:37.
WSU Results: 28. Ian Johnson 25:03, 42. Oscar Franco-Parra 25:17, 53. Jon Welsh 25:25, 95. Scott Johnson 25:51, 135. Mike Heidt 26:10, 168. Mark Wicklander 26:30.

Furman Pre-NCAA Invitational
(Furman Cross Country Course, Greenville, S.C., 6,000 meters)
October 13, 2001
Women's Team Results (top five and Pac-10 teams): 1. Stanford 72, 2. Brigham Yound 74, 3. North Carolina State 142, 4. Boston College 150, 5. Washington 231, 25. Washington State 610.
Top Ten Individuals: 1. Sabrina Monro (Washington) 20:26, 2. Catherine Guiney (Boston College) 20:31, 3. Alicia Craig (Stanford) 20:48, 4. Sara Bei (Stanford) 20:52, 5. Tara Northcutt (Brigham Young) 20:57, 6. Jennifer Owens (Virginia) 20:59, 7. Michaela Manoca (Brigham Young) 21:04, 8. Megan Guiney (Boston College) 21:06, 9. Lauren Fleshman (Stanford) 21:08, 10. Lisa Briggs (Washington) 21:09.
WSU Results: 34. Everlyne Lagat 21:51, 83. Anna Blue 22:42, 147. Ryan Gilmore 23:33, 154. Jenny Filipy 23:41, 192. April Gagner 24:26, 216. Molly Bull 24:54, 240. Julia Corbett 20:06.

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