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Cross Country Preps for Invitational
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999
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October 9, 1998

Pre National Invitational
Saturday, Oct. 10
Rim Rock Farm, Lawrence, Kan.
10:00 am (CT): Mens Division I 8K
11:00 am (CT): Womens Division I 5K

This Week: Arizona State travels to the 1998 NCAA Pre-National Invitational in Lawrence, Kan., for a test against some of the nations top cross country programs. The field includes 41 Division I programs, including nine of the top 25 womens teams and 13 of the nations top 25 mens teams. Other Pac-10 schools that will be at the meet include Arizona, California, Oregon, Stanford and Washington State.

Last Week: Arizona State sent its B teams to the Canyon West Invitational, hosted by the Valleys community colleges in Tempe. In the University races, ASUs men finished first and the women second. The Sun Devil men were led by sophomore David Grexs ninth-place finish in 26:49. Freshman Lisa Aguilera led the Sun Devil women with a fourth-place finish in 18:06.

Next Meet: Friday, Oct. 16 Arizona State Invitational; Freestone Park, Gilbert, Ariz.

Head Coach Walt Drenth: Veteran distance coach Walt Drenth is in his third year as Head Cross Country Coach at Arizona State University, after spending the previous six years (1990-95) at the College of William & Mary. Drenth led the Tribe to five Colonial Athletic Association cross country titles and one District II crown in 1990. He was named the CAA Cross Country Coach of the Year on five occasions and also tabbed as District II Coach of the Year in 1990 and 1995. While at William & Mary, Drenth led his harriers to three top 20 NCAA finishes (15th-1990, 18th-1994, 17th-1995). Prior to his stint at William & Mary, Drenth was the head cross country coach at his alma mater, Central Michigan, from 1985-90. During his stint at Central Michigan, he was named District IV Coach of the Year in 1989 after leading CMU to the District IV title. He led the Chippewas to two Mid-American Conference titles and named MAC Coach of the Year in both of those seasons, 1988 & 1989.

Youthful Exuberance: Arizona States cross country roster is littered with freshmen and sophomores as is its probable starting lineup. Of the eight probables this weekend for the men, five are freshmen and three are sophomores. On the womens side, four freshmen, three sophomores and one senior make up ASUs top eight performers.

Men's Probable Lineups
Name, Yr. Hometown (Last School) Notes Kris Alexander, Fr. Franklin, Ind. (Franklin) Finished 7th in Indiana HS 1600m; ran 26:18 at Cal Irvine Invl Fasil Bizuneh, Fr. Indianapolis, Ind. (Ben Davis) 5th at 1997 Foot Locker XC Nationals; 1996 Indiana HS XC Champion Ron Buchanan, Fr. Santa Maria, Calif. (Ragetti) 7th at 1997 Foot Locker XC Nationals; 97 CIF Div. II XC Champion David Burke, So. San Diego, Calif. (Torrey Pines) 53rd at 1997 Pac-10s Juan Chavira, Fr. Hanford, Calif. (Hanford) ASUs top finisher in first two meets; All-California in XC & T/F Isaiah Festa, Fr. Morro Bay, Calif. (Morro Bay) 3rd at 1997 Foot Locker XC Nationals; 97 CIF Div. IV XC Champion David Grex, So. Burlington, Ill. (Burlington) Finished 9th at last weeks Canyon Invitational Brandon Strong, So. Phoenix, Ariz. (Paradise Valley) 54th at 1997 Pac-10s

Women's Probable Lineups
Name Hometown (Last School) Notes Lisa Aguilera, Fr. Peoria, Ariz. (Centennial) Arizona 1997 state champion in XC, 800, 1600 & 3200 Lauren Anders, Fr. Medford, N.J. (Shawnee) All-New Jersey; XC high school team ranked 17th in nation Priscilla Hein, Sr. Dewey, Ariz. (Yavapai) Returns from redshirting last year; finished 25th at 96 Pac-10s Kelly MacDonald, So. Tualatin, Ore. (Tualitin) 39th at 1997 Pac-10s, second-best ASU finish Amy Maciasek, So. Arden Hills, Minn. (Mounds View) 51st at 1997 Pac-10s; 18:37 at Sundodger Invitational a career-best Kristin McFerron, Fr. St Charles, Mo. (St. Charles) St. Louis Post-Dispatch Female Athlete of the Year Nicole Simmons, So. Glendale Ariz. (Park College) All-state at Peoria HS Cody Sohn, Fr. Carmel, Ind. (Carmel) All-Indiana in XC & T/F; finished 5th at 1997 Indiana state meet

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