UA Men, Women Runners Struggle at NCAA Pre-Nationals

Oct. 19, 2002

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The University of Arizona's men's and women's cross country teams struggled at the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet, a week after surprising two ranked teams at the ASU Invitational. With no team scores in the meet, it was more of an individual test for each Wildcat runner. Unfortunately, only two of the Wildcat men were able to finish in the top half of the finishers.

Mark Anderson again led the UA men for the fourth consecutive meet. Anderson finished 66th on the 8,000-meter course with a time of 25:07.3. Eric Bohn was the next Wildcat finisher across the line. He placed 116th with a time of 25:32.5. Josh Ludwig finished the race in 25:49.1 to finish 147th overall. Wade Juntunen was the fourth Wildcat to finish. He crossed the line at 25:58.0 to claim 162nd place. Aaron Powell finished 191st in 26:19.3. Craig Pansing was the final Arizona runner to finish, coming in at 26:25.1 in 199th place.

The UA women's youth showed through as they found the field of runners to be quite the test. The first Wildcat finisher was Adrienne Goeller. She finished 206th overall in a time of 23:09.5 on the 6,000-meter course. Michi Hirakawa-Wong was the second Wildcat finisher, claiming 241st place in a time of 23:42.1. Robin Tierney finished 245th as the No. 3 Wildcat finisher, finishing in a time of 23:47.8. Jennifer Ford was 249th, crossing the line at 23:56.9. Jenny Sears placed 255th in 24:19.2, and she was closely followed by Susan Mortensen, who finished 256th in 24:19.3.

The Wildcats will take the next two weeks to prepare for the Pac-10 Championships in Los Angeles, Calif. on November 2.

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