ST. PAUL, Minn - The University of Arizona men's and women's cross country teams both finished fourth at the Roy Griak Invitational Saturday on the Les Bolstad Golf Course. Sophomore Tara Chaplin paced the women's team, winning the individual title.
Chaplin covered the 6,000-meter course in 21 minutes to win for the second time in as many meets this season. Arizona State's Lisa Aguilera was her closest challenger, finishing second in 21:08. It is the fourth cross country win of Chaplin's collegiate career, as she also won two meets last season.
The women's team finished with 146 points, good for fourth place out of 29 teams. Minnesota won the meet on its home course with 98 points, while Yale was second with 127, and Arizona State was third with 140. Providence finished fifth with 159 points, 13 behind the Wildcats.
Arizona's men placed fourth of 31 teams with 171 points. Providence won the men's competition with 104, Wisconsin was second with 147, and Brigham Young had 166 in third. Providence senior Keith Kelly won the 8,000m race in 24:12.
" I think that we ran very well overall because both teams beat a lot of very good teams from around the nation," head coach Dave Murray said. "Overall, we ran very strong team races. Both the men's and women's teams are going to need better performances from the number five runners, but that is going to come as the season goes on."
Senior Katrin Engelen was the second finisher for the Wildcat women in 16th place (21:38), while junior Erin Doherty was 30th (21:57), sophomore Kimberly Bates placed 37th (22:03), and freshman Beth Hoge finished 62nd (22:25).
Senior David Lopez was the top finisher for the men's team, placing 15th (24:49). Junior Tom Prindiville ran one of the best races of his career, finishing 17th (24:52), and junior Mike Cramer was 24th (24:58). Junior Steve Smith finished 42nd (25:13) despite suffering soreness from a car accident earlier this week. Freshman Andrew Carlson was the team's No. 5 finisher in 73rd (25:28).
Non-scorers for the Arizona women were sophomore Nicole Gurnicz in 77th (22:33), junior Jennifer Burris in 102nd (22:53), sophomore Harisimran Khalsa in 114th (23:00) and freshman Andrea Schwartz in 149th (23:26).
Senior Rick Weis was the men's top non-scorer in 97th (25:42) with freshman Kevin Engelhardt right behind him in 100th (25:44). Freshmen Matt McInvale was 151st (26:11), and Mike Howard placed 153rd (26:12).
The Wildcats take next weekend off and then resume competition Friday, Oct. 6 at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind.