Men's Cross Country Finishes 23rd at NCAA Championships

Nov. 24, 2003

WATERLOO, Iowa - The University of Arizona's men's cross country team ended the 2003 season at the NCAA Championships in Waterloo, Iowa on Monday. The Wildcats fought below freezing temperatures on the 10,000-meter course en route to a 23rd-place finish. The squad ended the race with 539 points. Stanford swept the men's and women's team titles. Dathan Ritzenhein of Colorado and Shalane Flanagan of North Carolina won the individual titles.

When the Wildcats arrived at the course to warm up, the temperatures were in the teens and never exceeded the low 20s during the race. Along with struggle to acclimate to the cold weather, the Wildcats' top runner throughout the season, freshman Robert Cheseret, fell after the 5k marker on the course.

Junior Jonah Maiyo was the team's top finisher. He placed 59th in the overall individual standings, covering the course in 30:29.3. Cheseret ended up finishing 69th after running with the leading pack up until his fall. He clocked a time of 30:36.9. Junior Mike Howard was the No. 3 runner for the Wildcats. Howard finished 157th with a time of 31:22.1.

Senior Matt McInvale crossed the line in 189th place as the squad's No. 4 runner. McInvale crossed the line at 31:37.8. Sophomore Jin Daikoku rounded out the Wildcat scoring not too far behind McInvale. Daikoku placed 191st with a time of 31:38.6.

Seniors Eric Bohn and Kyle Goklish were the Wildcats' No. 6 and No. 7 runners, respectively. Bohn placed 202nd in 31:48.1, followed by Goklish in 203rd with a time of 31:49.5.

The men's and women's cross country teams will turn their focus to the 2004 track season, which is slated to begin on January 9 at the Northwest Pole Vault Summit.

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