Goebel Places Third At 2003 Horizon League Cross Country Championships|
Nov. 1, 2003
Warren, Ohio - UIC senior Jenni Goebel's third-place finish highlighted the men's and women's cross country team's race at the 2003 Horizon League Championships at Avalon South Golf Course on Saturday morning.
Overall, the women's team placed fifth out of nine teams, finishing just two points out of third place with 85 points. The men, led by rookie Jose Macias' 24th-place finish, took sixth out of eight competing squads at the event with 159 points.
The women's 5k-race was neck-and-neck between Goebel, Becky Lyne of Butler and Lisa Davies of Youngstown State through 4,000 meters. Lyne would pull away in the final 1,000 meters, though, to finish first in 18:29.14. Davies then crossed just ahead of Goebel, recording a time of 18:35.21 to Goebel's 18:37.50.
All five of the Flames scoring runners in the women's race placed in the top-30 with sophomore Lizet Diaz (12th/19:31.70) asnd freshman Rachel Covert (18th/19:47.19) each finishing among the first 20 runners. Lisa Petty (24th/20:05.12) and Andrea Dennison (28th/20:22.82) were UIC's other two scoring competitors.
Butler took home the women's title with a 46-point final tally. Loyola was second with 50 points. UW-Milwaukee and host Youngstown State tied for third with 83 points, followed by UIC (85), UW-Green Bay (184), Wright State (201), Detroit (222) and Cleveland State (288).
In the men's 8k championship, Macias (24th/26:44.83) and Mikhail Davidyan (26th/26:48.31) each cracked the top-30 to paced the Flames. Brian Roth (35th/27:13.21), Billy Poole-Harris (37th/27:20.39) and Jim Sulzberger (50th/27:44.95) were UIC's other scoring finishers on Saturday.
The Bulldogs made it a clean sweep of the cross country championships by dominating the men's race, posting the top four finishers en route to an 18-point tally. Loyola placed second with 47 points, followed by Youngstown State (106), UW-Milwaukee (112), Wright State (149), UIC (159), Detroit (192) and UW-Green Bay (217).
Both the men's and women's cross country teams will be back in action in two weeks as they compete at the NCAA District Championships on Nov. 15th.
For more information on the 2003 Horizon League Cross Country Championships go to http://www.ysu.edu/sports/crosscountry/2003/championships.htm