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Wildcat Cross Counrty Sweeps Purdue Invitational
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/09/2000
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind (Sept. 9, 2000) -- The University of Arizona men's and women's cross country teams won both of the team titles at the Purdue Invitational on September 9 at the Ackerman Hill Golf Course. Wildcat athletes also brought home the men's and women's individual titles.

The men's team was nearly perfect as it took the first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth spots and won the meet with a score of 19 points. Purdue finished second in the men's meet, but it was not even close, as the Boilermakers had 69 points. Iowa was third with 72, Illinois had 93 in fourth and DePaul was fifth with 109.

The Arizona women also won fairly easily, finishing with 27 points. Purdue was second with 43, while Iowa was third with 63 and DePaul was fourth with 112.

Junior Mike Cramer earned the first cross country victory of his collegiate career, taking home the men's title. The Tucson native and graduate of Canyon del Oro High School cruised on the 8,000-meter course, finishing in 25 minutes, 23.40 seconds over the hilly course.

Junior Tara Chaplin won the women's 6,000-meter meet with ease, earning the third cross country victory of her collegiate career. The Montpelier, Vt., native also won the Asics/UC -Irvine Invitational and Aztec Invitational early last season.

"I was very pleased with the way that we ran as a team today," Arizona head coach Dave Murray said. "Tara and Mike both ran great races, and I thought that we did a good job of dominating the race. This was a good race to see where we are and get a race in against some other people."

Purdue's Donnie Fellows finished second, but the Wildcat men took the next four places in a superb team race. Junior Steve Smith finished third in 25:43.00, while true freshman Andrew Carlson was fourth (25:47.90), senior David Lopez was fifth (25:55.30) and junior Tom Prindiville was sixth (26:01.60).

Senior Katrin Engelen finished second in the women's race, while junior Erin Doherty was seventh. Sophomores Kimberly Bates and Nicole Gurnicz finished the Wildcats' scoring by finishing eighth and ninth. Complete women's results were not available because Purdue did not distribute them.

Four other runners also finished well for the Arizona men. Freshman Kevin Engelhardt was 15th (26:40.70), senior Rick Weis placed 16th (26:42.80), freshman Matt McInvale finished 22nd (27:04.90) and freshman Mike Howard was 33rd (27:37.10).

The Wildcats take next weekend off before returning to competition Sept. 23 at the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota.

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