November 23, 1998
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Making its first team appearance at the national championship meet in school history, Arizona State tied for 23rd place at the NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Championships, held at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan. The Sun Devils were paced by senior Priscilla Hein, whose 39th-place finish was the best individual NCAA performance in ASU history, surpassing Sabrina Peters 44th-place effort in 1980.
Hein finished the 5,000-meter course in 17:42.65, 55 seconds behind Michigan's Katie McGregor who captured the individual crown in 16:47.21. Villanova won the women's team title with four top 20 finishers and 106 points.
The Sun Devils posted 534 points to finish in a deadlock with Nebraska in the 31-team, 254-person field. Three of ASU's five scorers (top five score points) were freshmen. ASU freshman Lisa Aguilera finished 131st in 18:31, sophomore Kelly MacDonald 134th in 18:32, freshman Kristin McFerron 158th in 18:43, freshman Cody Sohn 211th in 19:16, sophomore Nicole Simmons 227th in 19:38 and sophomore Amy Maciasek 235th in 19:59.
Prior to this year, ASU had never participated in the national championships as a team and only four individuals had competed. ASU's finish was the fifth-best among the six Pac-10 schools at the meet. Stanford finished third, Washington ninth, Oregon 12th, Arizona 16th and UCLA 28th.
ASU Individual Results NCAA Women's Championship 39. Priscilla Hein, Sr. 17:42.65 131. Lisa Aguilera, Fr. 18:31.55 134. Kelly MacDonald, So. 18:32.30 158. Kristin McFerron, Fr. 18:43.99 211. Cody Sohn, Fr. 19:16.02 227. Nicole Simmons, So. 19:38.58 235. Amy Maciasek, So. 19:59.61