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September 19, 1998

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia cross county teams hosted the 1998 Cavalier Invitational held at Darden Towe Park. The Invitational featured a strong pool of teams, with Georgetown (20) and James Madison (25) ranked in the menis Top 25 and with Clemson and Eastern Kentucky each receiving votes in the poll. North Carolina was tagged 20th in the womenis Top 25 and third in the Southeast Region. James Madisonis womenis team came into the meet ranked 7th in the Southeast Region, ahead of Clemson, 8th, and UVa, 9th. UVais women’s team finished 1st out of a 5 team field in the 5,000 meter event, while the men’s team placed 6th out of 6 teams in the 8,000 meter run.

The Virginia women’s team was highlighted by a strong performance all around, having four competitors place in the top-ten finishes. Fourth-year Jamie Sutherland was the meetis top performer and finished first for Virginia with a time of 17:31.20, breaking the course record set last week by Janelle Kraus of Wake Forest (17:43.00). Sutherland was followed by Virginia runners Cheryl Twomey (18:25.50), Ellen Dwyer (18:26.10), and Frances Warner(18:27.80). Astrid Gotthardt (18:30.30) rounded out the top five UVa women. The Virginia menis team was led by second-year Bob Thiele (25:30.50) who finished 8th overall in a talented field of competition. Matt Illian posted a time of 25:51.70 (13th place) and placed second for UVa. Rounding out the top five men for Virginia are Tom Del Sordo (26:56.50), Rick Davis (26:57.40), and Rob Pearce (26:57.80), who finished 34th, 36th, and 37th respectively. Daniel Koech from Eastern Kentucky won the menis event with a time of 24:55.30 which also broke the course record set last week by Stephen Githuka of Liberty University (25:26.9).

Virginia women captured the team event with 39 points. Following the Cavaliers were Clemson (62 points), UNC (78 points), Eastern Kentucky (83 points), and James Madison (84 points.)

Georgetown won the menis title with 58 points and were followed by JMU (66 points), UNC (74 points), Clemson (89 points), Eastern Kentucky (101 points), and Virginia (114 points).

The cross country teams will return to action on Saturday, (Oct. 3) when Virginia competes in the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa. The meet is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.

Virginia Men's Results 

8. Bob Thiele (25:30.50) 13. Matt Illian (25:51.70)34. Tom Del Sordo (26:56.50)36. Rick Davis (26:57.40)37. Rob Pearce (26:57.80)42. Ray Weeden (27:17.20)43. Jeff Binggeli (27:20.00)48. Matt Day (27:30.90)53. Stephen Gross (27:48.50)54. Ryan Webb (27:55.50)63. Ben Apfelbaum (28:32.80)

Men’s Team Results

1. Georgetown 58 2. James Madison 663. North Carolina 744. Clemson 895. Eastern Kentucky 1016. Virginia 114

Virginia Women’s Results

1. Jamie Sutherland (17:31.20)8. Cheryl Twomey (18:25.50)9. Ellen Dwyer (18:26.10)10. Frances Warner (18:27.80)11. Astrid Gotthardt (18:30.30)17. Dana Coons (18:39.60)19. Jessica Thomas (18:51.80)24. Sarah Folse (19:02.00)26. Susan Kozub (19:16.70)28. Kathlene Meehan (19:20.40)31. Megan Schwartz (19:27.60)34. Dawn Cleary (19:30.70)47. Lindsay Larsen (20:35.00)

Women’s Team Results

1. Virginia 39 2. Clemson 623. North Carolina 784. Eastern Kentucky 835. James Madison 84

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