Women's Cross Country Takes Third, Men Finish Fourth In Kansas

Danny Smith led the Flames at the K-State Wildcat Invite on Saturday
Danny Smith led the Flames at the K-State Wildcat Invite on Saturday

Sept. 15, 2002

Chicago, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago cross country teams have made an impact at the front of race packs this season, and things didn't change on Saturday at the Kansas State Wildcat Invite, as Jenni Goebel, Lizet Diaz and Danny Smith stirred up their respective races, finishing in the top-10.

Overall, the women's team took third-place with 66 points behind Kansas (29) and Kansas State (39), and in front of Emporia State (111) and Fort Hays State (112).

The men finished fourth with 112 points behind Kansas (35), Kansas State (42) and Fort Hays State (74). Emporia State was fifth with 114 points.

Goebel rubbed shoulders with some of the best the Midwest had to offer, taking fifth-place, covering the 4K course in 13:12. Diaz continued her steady improvement grabbing tenth-place in 13:40.

Sara Jeffers (13:49) and Jessica Pancoska (13:53) finished 14th and 15th, respectively, while Jessica Streit was 27th in 14:42.

For the men, Danny Smith paced the Flames with an impressive seventh-place finish in a time of 23:14 over a 6.4K course.

Rich Daubert returned to the line-up after a week off to finish 17th in 23:48, while Tristan Roche stepped up his effort finishing 27th in 24:08.

Joe Marren (36th, 24:25) and Brian Roth (50th, 25:58) rounded out the scoring for the men's team.

Both squads will be in action again next Saturday in Kenosha, Wisconsin at the Midwestern Collegiate Invite. Competition begins at Noon at the UW-Parkside National Cross Country Course.