Arizona Cross Country Finishes High at Pre-NCAA Meet
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 14, 2000
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AMES, Iowa - The University of Arizona men's ane women's cross country teams both finished high up in huge fields at the Pre-NCAA Invitational meet on the Iowa State University Cross Country Course.

The Wildcat men finished sixth out of 53 teams, while the Arizona women were seventh of 56 teams in Ames. The race, which was run on the same course that will host the Nov. 20 NCAA Championships, included 20 women's teams and 17 men's teams ranked in the nation's top-25 teams.

Arizona's men finished with 314 points, one behind Georgetown in fifth place, and four behind Brigham Young in fourth. Colorado won the men's title with 64 points. The Wildcat women tallied 292 points, as BYU won the women's race with 117 points.

The story of the season for the Wildcats continues to be the emergence of former walk-on Mike Cramer as one of the top runners in the country. The junior finished 11th out of 360 runners, covering the 10,000-meter course in 31 minutes, 17.9 seconds.

Senior David Lopez was the men's No. 2 finisher in 46th (31:51.2), junior Tom Prindiville was 51st (31:55.6), junior Steve Smith placed 72nd (32:08.3), and senior Rick Weis was 151st (32:43.6) to round out the men's scoring.

Junior Tara Chaplin battled through the huge crowd at the starting line and was the women's top finisher in 10th out of 371 runners. She finished in 21:23.0 on the 6,000m course. Senior Katrin Engelen was the No. 2 runner in 22nd (21:45.0), with junior Erin Doherty the No. 3 runner in 66th (22:18.3). Sophomore Kimberly Bates was the No. 4 runner in 102nd (22:35.6), and junior Jennifer Burris was 110th (22:39.7).

"Our men's team ran very well though the top four runners, and Rick finished pretty well for us as our No. 5," head coach Dave Murray said. "Mike Cramer ran extremely well again. Tara and Katrin ran great for us in such a big field. I don't think I have ever been to a cross country meet with so many runners in it."

Non-scorers for the Arizona men were freshmen Mike Howard (269th, 33:58.1) and Andrew Carlson (276th, 33:59.7). Sophomore Nicole Gurnicz was Arizona's first non-scorer (112nd, 22:40.2), while freshman Beth Hoge was the other (262nd, 24:19.7).

The Wildcats take next weekend off before beginnings their championships season at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships Oct. 28 in Seattle, Wash.