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Cross Country Teams Place 20th and 23rd at NCAA Championships
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Release: 11/19/2001
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Nov. 19, 2001

GREENVILLE, S.C. -
Led by top finishers Fasil Bizuneh and Lisa Aguilera, Arizona State's 15th-ranked men's cross country team placed 20th, while the 10th-ranked women finished 23rd at the 2001 NCAA Div. I Cross Country Championships at the Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C., Monday.

Making their second team appearance at the NCAA Championships in the last three years, the Sun Devil men tallied 477 points for their 20th-place finish, six places off their 14th-place finish in 1999 (391 points). The women's 23rd-place finish (554 points) equals their first NCAA Championship finish in 1998, but trails their 1999 (12th) and 2000 (6th) team efforts.

Competing in her final collegiate cross country race, Aguilera led the women with an 18th-place individual finish, completing the 6,000m course in 21:05. One season after establishing an ASU record with a fifth-place national finish, Aguilera earned All-America honors for the second straight season, becoming the first female Sun Devil cross country athlete ever to earn that distinction.

Finishing behind Aguilera were fellow seniors Kelly MacDonald (an All-American in 1999), who placed 56th in a 21:45, and Brianna Torres, who placed 189th in 22:56. Sophomore Jen Hurbis was ASU's fourth-highest finisher, placing 194th in 23:01. Also competing for ASU were freshman Desiree Davila (205th, 23:08), senior Nikki Simmons (212th, 23:14) and junior Cody Sohn (248th, 25:18).

"Aside from Lisa, we didn't do what we were capable of doing," ASU head coach Walt Drenth said. "Obviously I didn't have the team ready to run. When a team doesn't perform up to its potential, that comes down to coaching errors."

Like Aguilera, Bizuneh became the first ASU male cross country runner to earn back-to-back All-America honors, completing the men's 10,000m course in 29:58 for a 22nd-place finish.

Also competing on the men's team were junior Ronnie Buchanan (77th, 30:43), freshman J.J. Duke (130th, 31:16), senior J.R. Cox (153rd, 31:30), sophomore Kyle Morgan (196th, 32:03), sophomore Juan Reyes (205th, 32:18) and sophomore Dan Maher (231st, 33:00).

"We didn't get out very well," Drenth said. "Fasil had a decent race but he got out way too slow. Ronnie Buchanan had a pretty good race and J.J. Duke had a pretty good race. J.R. Cox exceeded what I thought he could do, but if Juan Reyes is not one of our top two or three finishers, we aren't doing what we're capable of doing. He did everything he could, that's when it comes down to coaching."

Colorado edged Stanford by one point (90 to 91) for the men's NCAA team title, while Arkansas finished third (118), Northern Arizona fourth (193) and Wisconsin fifth (245). Eastern Michigan's Boaz Chboiywo won the men's individual crown (28:47), followed by Colorado's Jorge Torres (29:06) and Arkansas' Alistair Cragg (29:11).

With 62 points, BYU dominated the women's race en route to the 2001 NCAA team title, with North Carolina State earning runner-up honors with 148. Georgetown finished third with 180 points, followed by Arizona in fourth (194) and Stanford fifth (206). Wildcat

Tara Chaplin won the individual women's crown, setting a course record in 20:24. Finishing behind Chaplin were Georgia Tech's Renee Metivier (20:31) and Stanford's Lauren Fleshman (20:35).

2001 NCAA DIV. 1 CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS -
Furman University Golf Course, Furman University, Greenville, S.C.
MEN'S 10,000m -Team Finishes

1. Colorado, 90 pts, 2. Stanford, 91, 3. Arkansas, 118, 4. Northern Arizona, 193, 5. Wisconsin, 245, 6. Notre Dame, 248, 7. Portland, 273, 8. Villanova, 282, 9. North Carolina State, 293, 10. Providence, 294, 11. Michigan, 364, 12. Brigham Young, 368, 13. Oregon, 389, 14. Duke, 410, 15. Georgetown, 419, 16. William & Mary, 420, 17. UC Santa Barbara, 432, 18. Michigan State, 449, 19. Wake Forest, 450, 20. Arizona State, 477, 21. Arizona, 486, 22. Colorado State, 491, 23. Butler, 529, 24. Dartmouth, 548, 25. Minnesota, 584, 26. Air Force, 620, 27. Nebraska, 661, 28. Texas, 679, 29. Alabama, 681, 30. Tennessee, 722, 31. Oklahoma State, 729.

WOMEN'S 6,000m - Team Finishes
1. Brigham Young, 62 pts,, 2. North Carolina State, 148, 3. Georgetown, 180, 4. Arizona, 194, 5. Stanford, 206, 6. Boston College, 232, 7. North Carolina, 239, 8. Colorado, 240, 9. Virginia, 303, 10. Providence, 337, 11. Michigan State, 353, 12. Northern Arizona, 367, 13. Yale, 423, 14. Washington, 425, 15. Marquette, 437, 16. Boston University, 454, 17. Arkansas, 460, 18. Oklahoma State, 482, 19. Notre Dame, 509, 20. Colorado State, 529, 21. UCLA, 539, 22. Columbia, 553, 23. Arizona State, 554, 24. Villanova, 560, 25. Minnesota, 582, 26. Georgia Tech, 583, 27. Brown, 592, 28. Texas, 620, 29. Dartmouth, 636, 30. Cornell, 653, 31. South Florida 662.

MEN -ASU Individuals (10K)
22. Fasil Bizuneh, Junior 29:58
77. Ronnie Buchanan, Junior 30:43
130. J.J. Duke, Freshman 31:16
153. J.R. Cox, Senior 31:30
196. Kyle Morgan, Sophomore 32:03
205. Juan Reyes, Sophomore 32:18
231. Dan Maher, Sophomore 33:00

WOMEN -ASU Individuals (6K)
18. Lisa Aguilera, Senior 21:05
56. Kelly MacDonald, Senior 21:45
189. Brianna Torres, Senior 22:56
194. Jen Hurbis, Sophomore 23:01
205. Desiree Davila, Freshman 23:08
212. Nikki Simmons, Senior 23:14
248. Cody Sohn, Junior 25:18

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