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USF Women Finish 16th, Men 18th in Cross Country NCAA Regionals

Nov. 11, 2006

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(Portland, OR) - Junior Jennifer Hartford continued her steady racing as she led the women's team to a 16th place team finish, while junior Cheyne Inman led the men's team to an 18th place team finish at the NCAA Regionals in Portland, OR on Saturday morning.

Women's 6k Race: Hartford's 22:45.88 in the 6k earned her the top spot overall for USF and her 53rd place finish is the highest for a Don since Jeannine Hagedorn took 27th in 2004, just narrowly missing a trip to the nationals. USF finished 16th out of 30 teams with a total time of 1:57:09.11.

Junior Lucy Miller finished second for the Dons in 93rd place with a time of 23:30.53. Freshman Laurel Kleiber had a fantastic showing for her first NCAA Regional meet, coming in 97th at 23:31.65. Sophomore Michelle Born finished fourth for USF in 101st with a time of 23:35.63. Junior Elizabeth Noey finished 115th in 23:45.42. The only other Don freshman running in the meet, Mary Verran, finished 136th in 24:08.12. The lone senior on the women's team, Renee Stribling finished 143rd in 24:18.29.

Stanford won the team race for the eighth consecutive year with 42 points. Junior Ariana Lambie (Stanford) took the individual title in 20:58:85.

Men's 10k race: Junior Cheyne Inman led the Dons with his 85th place finish in 32:47.93. The Dons tied their mark from last season as a team, finishing 18th place in a total time of 2:47:45.13.

Junior Ryan Courtwright took second for the Dons with a 100th place finish in 33:13.03. The lone senior on the men's team, Jorge Martinez, finished third for the Dons in 109th in 33:28.77. Junior Jacob Marx came in 124th with a time of 34:05.92. Junior Kenny Sparks finished 125th in his first ever NCAA Regional meet with a time of 34:09.59. Micael Smith, a freshman also competing in his first NCAA Regional, finished 157th with a time of 35:50.36. Sophomore Alex Nelson took 158th in 36:10.45.

Oregon took the team race with 69 points, but senior Neftalem Araia from Stanford took the top individual spot in a time of 30:05.88.