Cross Country Looks Crisp At UW-Parkside Invitational

Sam Watson led the Flames for the second straight meet this past Saturday.
Sam Watson led the Flames for the second straight meet this past Saturday.

Oct. 17, 2004

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Kenosha, Wis.- At the same course that will host this year's Horizon League Cross Country Championships, the University of Illinois at Chicago cross country team put up a superb effort at the UW-Parkside Invitational at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside National Cross Country Course.

The Flames placed sixth out of 15 teams in the men's 8000-meter event, downing Horizon League rival Loyola, who took 13th place.

In the women's 5000-meter race, UIC took 10th out of 16 teams.

For the second straight meet Sam Watson led the Flames with a 26:22, taking 28th in the 249-competitor event. Right behind Watson was the returning Mikhail Davidyan, who took 29th with a 26:25 in his first race since Sept. 10th.

On the women's side, Susie Martinez continued her team-leading role this season with a 5K mark of 19:45, taking 41st out of 215 runners.

Lisa Petty was close behind Martinez, turning in a 19:55 to take a solid 48th.

The men looked strong as a team, with all six runners finishing within the top 55 competitors. Freshmen Jorge Flores and Joseph Mbari were especially strong, finishing next to each other as Flores came in 41st with a 26:47 while Mbari was 42nd by completing the course in 26:48.

Jim Sulzberger finished in 27:29, while Jose Macias rounded out the nice overall performance with a 27:32.

Kerry Brennan ran strong with a 20:24, finishing just ahead of teammate Rachel Covert, who turned in a 20:28 in her first event since the Bradley Invitational in early September after nursing an injury.

Renee Koziol wrapped up the women's race for UIC with a 21:52.

UIC will return to Kenosha in two weeks for the Horizon League Cross Country Championships on October 30th.