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.

The Polls

Martin Surfacing 
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 
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

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