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Wildcat Men, Women Defend Aztec Invitational Titles
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/18/1999
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SAN DIEGO - The University of Arizona men's and women's cross country teams won the team titles at the Aztec Invitational for the third straight year. Two Wildcats also took home the individual titles, sophomore Tara Chaplin for the women and senior Micheil Jones for the men.

Chaplin paced the women's field, finishing in 17:21 for the second individual title of her career and the 1999 season. She finished 12 seconds ahead of the second place finisher in the 5,000m race at Balboa Park. Last year, Chaplin finished second at the meet behind then-teammate Amy Skieresz.

Jones won his second meet of the season, and his career, taking the victory in 25:04 on the 8,000m course. Last season, Jones finished second at the meet behind former Wildcat Abdi Abdirahman.

The Arizona women won the meet with 37 points, edging UCLA, which finished with 40 points. The Arizona men won their team title, however the men's scores were not available.

Redshirt sophomore Erin Doherty was the second Wildcat woman across the line, finishing 7th (18:15). Junior Katrin Engelen (18:21), sophomore Jennifer Burris (18:24) and redshirt freshman Kimberly Bates (18:26) finished 10th, 11th and 12th, respectively. Non-scorers for the Wildcats were seniors Kristen Parrish (15th, 18:36) and Maia Wright (24th, 18:53) and redshirt freshman Mandee Ash (26th, 19:01).

Other men's finishers and times were not made available by San Diego State University, the host institution.

Arizona does not compete next weekend, but the Wildcats resume competition Oct. 2 at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.

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