October 19, 1996
Notre Dame Runners Earn Two Top-10 Finishes at Arizona Invitational
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame's men's cross country
team placed seventh and the women ninth at the packed field of
the Arizona Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. Stanford claimed the
men's crown while BIG EAST power Villanova won the women's
title. The Irish look to return later in the year to Arizona,
the site of the 1996 NCAA cross country championships.
In a 32-team men's field consisting of five of the top-10 teams
and nine of the top-20 teams, Notre Dame's 11th-ranked men's
team was led by Matt Althoff and 1995 cross country All-American
Derek Seiling who finished 26th and 27th, respectively, out of
the 216 runners in the field. Jason Rexing placed 31st while
Joe Dunlop was 60th. Nebraska's Cleophas Boor won the race.
The women's field of 30 teams was equally talented with nine
teams ranked in the top-25. Notre Dame's pair of freshmen,
Joanna Deeter and Nicole LaSelle, proved to be the leaders for
the team once again. Deeter finished third, marking the first
in four meets that she failed to win the race. LaSelle was
sixth while the next Irish finisher, Mieke Walsh, was 85th.
Arizona's Amy Skieresz won the race on her home course.
Notre Dame returns to action at the BIG EAST cross country
championships on Friday, Nov. 1 in Boston, Mass. The men look
to improve on their 3rd-place finish at the 1995 conference race
while the women should move up from seventh a year ago.
Men's Top-10 Results Women's Top-10 Results
1. Stanford 53 1. Villanova 65
2. Colorado 110 2. Colorado 103
3. Portland 168 3. Wisconsin 156
4. Northern Arizona 180 4. Northern Arizona 171
5. Wisconsin 198 5. Arizona 177
6. Nebraska 204 6. Weber State 204
7. Notre Dame 238 7. Texas-San Antonio 223
8. Michigan 311 8. North Carolina 234
9. Wake Forest 314 9. Notre Dame 272
10. Illinois 317 10. Virginia 290