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Angie Graham and Brian Shafer Lead Boston College at BIG EAST Cross Country Championships

October 30, 1998

All-American Angie Graham (Pickering, Ontario) capped a stellar BIG EAST career with a second-place finish today at the leagues championship race at Franklin Park in Boston. Senior Brian Shafer (Litchfield, Conn.) completed his league career with a 15th-place finish in the championship race.

Graham in fourth place with a half-mile to go when she surged past the next two competitors, sprinting into second with fifteen meters left in the race. All-American Shannon Smith (Fairport. NY) followed Graham in 24th-place. Freshmen Meghan Cunniff (Monomouth Beach, NJ) and Katie Ryan (Elmira, NY) finished 30th and 31st overall. The womens team finished in fourth-place three nationally ranked teams: Villanova, Georgetown, and Providence.

Shafer led the mens team to a seventh place finish, and was followed by junior Marshal Armitage (Burlington, Ontario) in 34th-place. Boston Colleges final three scoring runners Derek Smith (Duxbury, MA), Joe OConner (Langhorn, Penn.), and Chris Merrill (Windsor, Conn.) placed 28th, 49th, and 51st.

Both the men and women teams will spend the next two weeks preparing for the NCAA District 1 Qualifier at Van Cortland Park in Bronx, NY. A top three finish there will automatically qualify the team for the National Championships in Lawrence, Kansas on November 23.

at Franklin Park (Boston, MA)

Boston Colleges Top Five Women Boston Colleges Top Five Men 2. Angie Graham 16:55 15. Brian Shafer 24:44 24. Shannon Smith 18:09 37. Marshal Armitage 25:17 30. Meghan Cunniff 18:13 48. Derek Smith 25:51 31. Katie Ryan 18:15 49. Joe OConner 25:52 45. Nicole Portley 18:53 51. Chris Merrill 25:57

Womens Team Scores Menss Team Scores 1. Villanova 40 points 1. Providence 36 points 2. Georgetown 53 points 2. Georgetown 75 points 3. Providence 67 points 3. Notre Dame 91 points 4. Boston College 129 points 4. West Virginia 105 points 5. Notre Dame 144 points 7. Boston College 185 points

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