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    Sophomore Sara Jeffers led the Flames to a first-place tie with Loyola at the UIC Home Opener on Saturday
     
    Sophomore Sara Jeffers led the Flames to a first-place tie with Loyola at the UIC Home Opener on Saturday
     
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    Aug. 31, 2002

    Palos Heights, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago men's and women's cross country teams blasted out of the gate on Saturday morning, as the men's team fended off Loyola and Chicago State for the win, while the women's squad finished in a tie for the victory at the Sixth Annual UIC Home Opener in Palos Heights, Illinois.

    The men's team edged Loyola 29-30 and dominated Chicago State 15-46 for the victory.

    For the women, the Flames tied the visiting Ramblers with 28 points in the two-team race.

    The Flames took the top-three spots in the men's race en route to the victory, with senior Rich Daubert taking top honors over the 4.1 mile course. Fellow veterans Danny Smith and Joe Marren finished two-three to help the UIC cause.

    Newcomer Brian Roth, and junior Tristan Roche rounded out the scoring for the Flames.

    "The guys ran a controlled race and it was great to have those three guys up front," said head coach Jim Knoedel. "I had a feeling Rich would come up and win this thing and he did a great job doing it."

    In women's action, sophomore Sara Jeffers led the Flames with a second-place finish, covering the two-mile course in 11:46. Loyola's Kim Wiedman was the winner, staving off a charging Jeffers, also finishing in 11:46.

    Not feeling up to par, UIC junior Jenni Goebel persevered to finish fourth (11:59), while Lizet Diaz (12:02) and Jessica Pancoska (12:06) each recorded top-six finishes.

     

     

    Jessica Streit finished 11th in 13:04 to wrap-up the scoring for the Flames.

    "It was nice to see the emergence of Sara Jeffers today," Knoedel said. "Our top-five did a good job and I think we demonstrated that we have what it takes to finish in the top-three in the league. It was exciting to watch."