Arizona Women Hold Strong at Pac-10 Championships

Oct. 27, 2001

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The University of Arizona's women's cross country teams held it strength at the Pac-10 Championships today in Scottsdale, Ariz. Tara Chaplin led the way for the Wildcats with her 3rd place finish.

The Arizona women headed into the meet as legitimate contenders for the Pac-10 title with the biggest competition coming from the Stanford Cardinal. The Cats were overpowered by the speed of the Cardinal having six runners in the top fifteen. Arizona ended up placing second with 64 points to the Cardinal's 27 points. Arizona State was third with 79 points.

Tara Chaplin led the women with her third place finish on the 6,000-meter course. She finished in a time of 20:19.6 'I'm happy because I gave it everything I had. The girls I was racing were very fast in the end. It was great to win last year. I would have loved to repeat, but I knew there was a strong possibility that I would get passed by those girls,' said Chaplin at the end of the race.

Following Chaplin, Beth Hoge finished 12th in 21:22.4 and Erin Doherty finished 13th in 21:25.3. Rounding out the top five for the Wildcats were Jennifer Burris (15th, 21:38.2) and Kim Bates (21st, 22:00.8). The number-six runner for the Cats was Nicole Gurnicz who finished 25th in 22:06.3. Abby Peters started the race, but she dropped out due to the intense heat. This was her first race back after dealing with an injury.

On the men's side, the Wildcats placed fourth in the field of eight teams. They scored 96 points. Stanford won the men's team title with 28 points. Arizona State was second with 75 points and Oregon was third with 78 points.

The men had been consistently improving after their disappointing first meet of the season. Today, sickness and the intense heat got the better of the Cats. 'I was actually pleased because we could have been 6th or 7th. We did have some solid performances though. Kyle Goklish and Steve Smith were very tough. We'll do much better in our region. If we hadn't been sick, we could have been second,' said Coach Dave Murray on the men's performance.

Kyle Goklish led the Cats on the 8,000-meter course. He finished 10th in a time of 25:00.1. Mike Cramer and Mark Anderson finished 13th and 14th respectively. Cramer finished in 25:01.3, and Anderson came in at 25:03.7. Matt McInvale finished 28th for the Cats in 25:45.6. Tom Prindiville was 31st in 25:51.7. Also competing for the Wildcats were Steve Smith (36th, 26:03.6) and Kevin Engelhardt (52nd, 27:41.6).

The Wildcats will next face a very talented field when they play host to the NCAA West Regional on Sat., Nov. 10.

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