November 16, 1996
Notre Dame's Men's Cross Country Team Wins NCAA District IV Meet
Freshman Deeter wins the women's race
-- Notre Dame's men's cross country beat three
teams ranked ahead of the Irish and claimed the NCAA District IV
meet at Illinois in Champaign, Ill. The win gives the Irish one
of the districts three automatic berths into the NCAA cross
country championships in Tucson, Ariz. on Nov. 25. Notre Dame
finished second a year ago in the distict race before finishing
tied for eighth at the NCAA championships.
The 16th-ranked Irish scored 60 points, edging No. 8 Wisconsin
by three points. No. 11 Michigan was third with 83 points.
Jason Rexing finished second out of the 240 runners in the race.
Matt Althoff, Derek Seiling and Joe Dunlop finished eighth,
ninth and 10th for Notre Dame. Michigan's John Mortimer won the
"This was our best race all year," said men's coach Joe Piane.
"We are peaking at the right time of the year. We knew that if
we got could beat Michigan then we would at least qualify for
the NCAAs, and if we could beat Wisconsin then we would win the
race, and we did both. Rexing, Seiling and Althoff ran the way
they have all year but Joe Dunlop was the key for us today. He
ran extremely well and Tim Engelhardt ran terrific also."
On the women's side, Notre Dame finished fifth as freshman
Joanna Deeter won the women's race, edging out Stephanie
Dueringer of Michigan State by four seconds to claim the
district title. Wisconsin and Eastern Michigan claimed the top
two spots and District IV's two automatic bid into the NCAA
championships. The Irish still have an outside shot at one of
the at-large bids into the field. Deeter qualifies
individually for the race with her showing Saturday.
Men's Results Women's Results
1. Notre Dame 63 points 5. Notre Dame 155 points
2. Jason Rexing 30:38 1. Joanna Deeter 17:18
8. Matt Althoff 30:54 10. Nicole LaSelle 17:42
9. Derek Seiling 30:57 31. Heidi Reichenbach 18:19
10. Joe Dunlop 31:00 47. Mieke Walsh 18:28
31. Tim Engelhardt 31:52 66. Janel Kiley 18:45