Sept. 28, 2007
South Bend, Ind.-- The men and women's cross country teams took on the nation's best at the Notre Dame Invitational Friday afternoon with the women placing fifth out of 21 universities and the men taking 17th out of 23 teams.
The women, ranked second in the Northeast region and 26th in the nation, were led by team tri-captain Mallory Champa, who finished the 5k race in 17:19, a 15th place performance. Fellow captain Nichole Lister came in next for the Eagles, placing 22nd in 17:31. Sophomore Brielle Chabot rounded out the Eagles' top three performers, running in 17:33 and taking 27th.
Susan Kuijken of Florida State was the race's top performer. She finished the race in 16:32. Rice took top honors with 118 points followed by Illinois (139), Florida State (141) and Michigan (148).
The men, ranked sixth in the Northeast region, were lead by senior captain Patrick Mellea. Mellea finished the five mile race in ninth place with a time 24:10. Tim Ritchie was the Eagles' second fastest runner, finishing with a 25:12. Junior James LaGreca had the team's third-best performance, completing the race in 25:49.
Notre Dame won the race with 92 total points. Joshua McDougal of Liberty was the individual champion, finishing with a time of 23:37.
Both teams will continue competion at the New England Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass. The women are currently ranked first in the New England Cross Country poll, while the men are in fourth.