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Sun Devils Finish 23rd at NCAAs
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Release: 06/21/1999
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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
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