Lydy Gets Big Win at ASU Invitational

Oct. 13, 2008

by Erika Simington

The Arizona State Cross Country team continues to make strides as it competed last Friday in the 23rd Joe Uff/Arizona State University Invitational at Kiwanis Park in Tempe.

The sky may have seemed gloomy, but the racers’ spirits were high. As a true freshmen running unattached for the Sun Devils, Kate Lydy finished first in the women’s 5,000m course with a time of 18:20.3.

'The women had a great day and Lydy ran phenomenally,' said cross-country head coach Louie Quintana.

'The course is not an easy run - one with hills and winding paths,' he said. 'The team did a good job handling those conditions.'

Cherise McNair along with teammates Catherine Logan and Natasa Vulic finished in the race’s Top 10 with times of 18:49.8, 19:03.1 and 19:20.3 respectively.

On the men’s side, unattached runner-up Alonso Contreras completed the 8,000m race with a time of 24:58.3 while teammate Matt Boughton finished 6th in 25:52.6.

The men ran well and it was exciting that Contreras broke the 25-minute mark as well as Boughton crossing the line in under 26 minutes, Quintana said.

“The race was what we wanted to get out of it,” added Ryan Cole, Cross Country’s assistant coach. “Both the women and men had great runs and those who aren’t running in uniform are pushing to get better.'

The Sun Devils return to practice this week as they prepare for Oct. 17 with the Mesa Thunderbird Invitational and the NCAA Pre-National Meet in Terre Haute, Ind., on Oct. 18.

“We have some big meets coming up and we need to focus on training and keeping everyone healthy,” Quintana said. “Our goal is to get everyone to the starting line.”

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