UA Wraps Up Notre Dame Invite
Oct. 3, 2008
The UA men's and women's cross country teams were in South Bend, Ind. Friday at the Notre Dame Golf Course to compete at the Notre Dame Invitational. The men's squad was able to put together a 14th place finish overall while the women came in 15th in one of the premier cross country races across the country this weekend.
The men saw a new face lead the way as junior transfer Mohamud Ige paced the team with his 52nd place finish, finishing the 5-mile race in 24:38 and averaging a time of 4:55.36 per mile. Ige, a new addition to the UA team this season, finished ahead of the team's sophomore standout Victor Zazueta. Zazueta, who was the team's primary front runner during his freshman season and through his first race of this season, finished in 63rd place overall and second among UA athletes in his time of 24:43.
Coming in just four seconds behind Zazueta was freshman Abdi Hassan in 24:47 (69th). Hassan earned points in his second straight race as a freshman for the UA team, following up his performance at the Dave Murray Invitational two weekends ago.
On the women's side, senior Irine Lagat had the most impressive individual performance of either team with her 12th place overall finish in the 5000-meters, finishing in 17:03 and just seven second out of a top-10 finish.
The youth of the Arizona squads continued to impress as the next three finishers for the UA were all underclassmen. Freshman Hannah Moen again finished second among UA athletes and 60th overall in a time of 17:38 and was followed just two second later by sophomore Maggie Callahan (65th) in 17:40.
In all, 202 athletes competed in the men's race from 25 different schools while 186 athletes from 23 schools were entered in the women's race. Florida State swept the titles in both the men's and women's races.
The men and women will both have next weekend off before heading back to Indiana to compete in the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet in Terre Haute.