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Cross Country Women Take 3rd in Stacked Field at Notre Dame Invitational

Sept. 28, 2007

Notre Dame, Indiana -- The Santa Clara women's cross country team kept their hot streak alive as they placed 3rd today at the Notre Dame Invitational. With seven teams ranked in the top 30 nationally, the Broncos stepped up to prove today that they belong among the best. Adriane Puetz led the team for the third race in a row, placing ninth in a field of some of the country's best runners. This was the team's best finish at the ND Invitational after placing 4th last year.

"It's kind of bittersweet," said head coach Tom Service. "We came here thinking we could win it, but we didn't quite race our best and still placed third. It's a credit to [the team] and how far our program has come."

The team ran well today, but Service thinks that there is still room to improve. "Just about everyone set a personal record today and we're still not satisfied because we set such a high mark for ourselves," Service added.

Annie Murphy-Hagan, running in her first race this year after battling health problems, finished second for the Broncos.

Danielle Miller put together a breakout performance for the team today. Running with the top seven for the first time this year, she was the team's crucial fifth finisher.

More details to come as they become available...