Oct. 8, 1997
Notre Dame's Cross Country Teams Finish Second at Adidas/Notre Dame Invitational
Prepare for Furman Invitational on Saturday
Notre Dame, Ind.: The Notre Dame men's and women's cross country teams both placed second at the adidas/Notre Dame Invitational. Junior Antonio Arce (Palmdale, Calif.) was the top finisher on the men's side for the Irish as he finished eighth with a time of 25:00, while sophomore JoAnna Deeter (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), just missed in her bid to become the first woman to ever repeat as adidas/Notre Dame Invitational champion as she finished fifth with a time of 17:40.
Adidas/Notre Dame Invitational Review
On the Men's Side: The 11th-ranked Irish finished with 94 points, just five points behind first place Eastern Michigan's 89 points. Ohio State was a distant third with 153 points. Freshman Ryan Shay (Central Lake, Minn.) was the next highest Irish finisher after Arce as he ran to a time of 25:05, good enough for an 11th-place finish. Senior All-American Jason Rexing (Pickerington, Ohio) was the third Irish finisher as he finished in 20th place with a time of 25:19. Freshman Anthony Alt (Waverly, Neb.) and senior Scott Grace (Oakland, Mich.) rounded out the top five for the Irish as they finished in 27th and 28th place, with times of 25:36 and 25:37, respectively. The adidas/Notre Dame Invitational marked the first time this season that the Irish failed to place at least seven runners in the top ten, and it also marked the first time that an Irish runner failed to finish in first place. This is the second year in a row that the Irish have finished second after putting together a string of six consecutive first place finishes from 1990-1995.
On the Women's Side: The Irish finished second with 99 points to Bowling Green, which captured first with 97 points. Utah finished third with 115 points. Deeter was the only Irish runner in the top ten, but sophomore Alison Klemmer (Troy, Mich.) barely missed joining her as she finished 11th with a time of 18:00. Senior Mieke Walsh (York, Pa.) also cracked the top 20 for the Irish as she finished 17th with a time of 18:13. Junior Kelly Peterson (Escondido, Calif.) was a top 30 finisher for the Irish as she placed 30th with a time of 18:38. This was the first time this year that the Irish failed to place at least four runners in the top ten. The women also failed in their bid to become only the second team ever, Ohio University was the other in 1988-89, to repeat as adidas/Notre Dame Invitational champions.
Furman Invitational Preview: Notre Dame travels to Greenville, S.C., to compete in the Furman Invitational on Saturday, October 11. The highly competitive meet features 10 teams in the top 25 men's poll, including top-ranked Stanford and fourth-ranked Colorado. The women's race features 12 teams in the top 25 women's poll, including top-ranked Stanford and third-ranked Villanova. The meet is a preview of the NCAA cross country championships which will be held in Greenville, S.C., on Monday, November 24.
Martin Surfacing NCAA MEN'S TOP 25 October 7, 1997 No. Team Pts. 1. Stanford (9) 392 2. Arkansas (7) 391 3. Michigan 354 4. Colorado 353 5. Wisconsin 324 6. Oregon 322 7. North Carolina St. 265 8. Weber State 259 9. Michigan State 238 10. Oklahoma State 237 11. Iona 227 12. Washington State 222 13. Georgetown 213 14. Alabama 173 15. Wake Forest 153 16. Notre Dame 148 17. Eastern Michigan 140 18. Arizona 99 19. Washington 93 20. Iowa State 78 21. Minnesota 60 22. UCLA 59 23. James Madison 50 24. Missouri 43 25. BYU 41 Lynx Timing System NCAA WOMEN'S TOP 25 October 7, 1997 No. Team Pts. 1. Stanford (9) 225 2. BYU 213 3. Villanova 205 4. Wisconsin 202 5T. Providence 184 5T. Colorado 184 7. Oregon 169 8. Arkansas 160 9. North Carolina St. 154 10. Dartmouth 140 11. Georgetown 133 12. William & Mary 117 13. Michigan 115 14. Boston College 105 15. UCLA 100 16. Colorado State 78 17. Washington 69 18T.Florida 65 18T.Penn State 65 20. Nebraska 57 21. North Carolina 40 22. Notre Dame 31 23. Weber State 23 24. Baylor 20 25. Washington State 18