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Irish Head To District IV Championships November 13

Nov. 3, 1999

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – – The Notre Dame men’s cross country team won its second BIG EAST title in three years at the BIG EAST championships last Friday at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y. Junior Ryan Shay (Central Lake, Mich.) won the men’s individual 8K title and head coach Joe Piane was named BIG EAST men’s coach of the year. The women, who finished fifth, were paced by senior Alison Klemmer (Troy, Mich.) who placed a career-best fourth in the 5K race.

BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP: Shay became the first Notre Dame runner to win the BIG EAST individual title since the Irish began BIG EAST competition in 1995. His winning time of 24:22 was the third-fastest in course history.

Notre Dame had six runners place in the top 20, while all 12 men’s harriers recorded career-best finishes at the BIG EAST meet. Sophomore Luke Watson (Stillwater, Minn.) finished third in the race with a time of 24:36, senior Ryan Maxwell (Staten Island, N.Y.) finished ninth (24:59), sophomore Marc Striowski (Toronto, Ont.) was 11th (25:02), senior John Dudley (Westwood, Mass.) finished 19th (25:33) and senior Sean McManus (Hernando, Fla.) 20th (25:35). Shay, Watson, Maxwell and Striowski earned all-BIG EAST honors (top 15) for their performances.

Coach Joe Piane, in his 25th season as head coach, was named the BIG EAST men’s coach of the year for the second time. He also won the award in 1997 when the Irish captured their first BIG EAST team title also at Van Cortlandt Park.

The women bounced back from a disappointing finish at the pre-national meet with some impressive performances. Klemmer had her career-best finish at the BIG EAST championships, placing fourth in 17:39. Freshman Jennifer Handley (Barrie, Ont.) continued her outstanding rookie season, earning all-conference honors along with Klemmer for her 12th-place finish (17:59). Senior Patty Rice (Mishawaka, Ind.) finished 23rd, classmate Erin Luby (Inverness, Ill.) 26th and junior Chrissy Kuenster (Wheaton, Ill.) was 33rd. The team finished fifth in the 13- team field. The Irish were without the services of senior All-American JoAnna Deeter (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), who missed the BIG EAST championship because of an Achilles injury.

IRISH MOVE UP IN THE POLLS: The men made their first appearance in the top 20 after their third-place finish in the Notre Dame Invitational, Oct. 1. After having not been ranked in the preseason MONDO NCAA poll, the Irish moved up from 17th to 10th following the pre-national meet on October 16th. The BIG EAST team title last weekend raised the Irish up to eighth.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE: Both varsity teams have two weeks off before heading to the District IV championships in Terre Haute, Ind. The top two teams at the districts receive automatic bids to the NCAA championships, Monday, Nov. 22, in Bloomington, Ind.

BIG EAST Top Team Results


1. Notre Dame       432. Georgetown       573. Villanova        604. Providence       615. Boston College  146


1. Georgetown      412. Providence      593. Villanova       744. Boston College  785. Notre Dame      98

FinishLynx NCAA Div. I
Women’s XC Poll (11/1)

Rk  School (First-Place)   Pts 1.  Stanford (11)         299 2.  Arkansas (1)          288 3.  BYU                   277 4.  Colorado              262 5.  Wisconsin             253 6.  Georgetown            229 7.  Kansas State          224 8.  North Carolina        217 9.  Arizona State         20810.  Washington            19911.  North Carolina State  17412.  James Madison         16813.  William & Mary        15714.  UCLA                  14215.  Michigan              12816.  Minnesota             11817.  Providence            10718.  Boston University      9819.  Michigan State         8420.  Northern Arizona       7721.  Missouri               5422.  Villanova              4323.  Nebraska               3824.  Arizona                2025.  Oregon                 16

Other Teams Receiving Votes: Notre Dame 1

Men’s XC Poll (11/2)

Rk   School (First-Place) Pts 1.  Arkansas (16)        400 2.  North Carolina St.   380 3.  Colorado             364 4.  Arizona              356 5.  Stanford             335 6.  Wisconsin            323 7.  Michigan             300 8.  Notre Dame           290 9.  Georgetown           24810.  James Madison        24611.  Oregon               23412.  BYU                  22313.  Villanova            19614.  Northern Arizona     19115.  Arizona State        18816.  Weber State          14817.  William & Mary       13118.  Portland             12419.  Minnesota            10320.  Providence            9221   Princeton             7522   Tennessee             6723   Utah                  5424   Dartmouth             49  25   Southern Mississippi  17


SEPTEMBER11    Valparaiso Invitational             M 1st      (Valparaiso, IN)                    W 2nd17    National Catholic Invitational                                           M 1st                                          W 1stOCTOBER1     Notre Dame Invitational                                          M 3rd                                          W 1st            16    Pre-National Championships        (Bloomington, IN)                                               M 6th                                          W 22nd
29 BIG EAST Championship (Bronx, NY) M 1st W 5thNOVEMBER13 NCAA Great Lakes Region (Terre Haute, IN) 10:30 a.m. 22 NCAA Championships 10:30 a.m. (Bloomington, IN)

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