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November 23, 1998

LAWRENCE, Kan. – University of Virginia cross country runner Bob Thiele (Charlottesville, Va./Charlottesville) competed in the 1998 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships held at Rim Rock Farm, hosted by the University of Kansas. Thiele finished 62nd out of 247 runners with a time of 31:39.10 in the men’s 10,000 meter run. His time was the ninth fastest mark set by a second-year runner in the event. Thiele was UVa’s lone competitor in the championship field.

Thiele qualified for a spot in the championship after he posted a fifth place finish with at time of 30:15.00 in the men’s 10,000 meter run at the NCAA Southeast Regionals in Greenville, S.C. on November 14th. He positioned himself as Virginia’s top runner on the men’s team this season.

Adam Goucher of Colorado won the men’s 10k event with a time of 29:26.00. He was followed by Abdi Abdirahman of Arizona (29:49.90) who captured second place and Julius Mwangi of Butler (30:00.00) who finished third.

Arkansas gathered 97 points and edged Stanford (114 points) for the men’s team championship. Colorado finished third with 158 points. North Carolina State collected 311 points and was the top Atlantic Coast Conference school in the meet, as the Wolfpack finished eighth overall.

Katie McGregor of Michigan won the women’s 5,000 meter run with a time of 16:47.21. Amy Skieresz of Arizona finished second with a time of 16:53.52 and Amy Yoder of Arkansas placed third with a time of 17:03.05.

Villanova won the women’s event after recording 106 points. Bringham Young finished second (110 points) and Stanford placed third with 111 points. Wake Forest had the top ACC school finish. placing 15th with 388 points.

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