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Nov. 22, 1999

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Virginia’s Jennifer Owens (Charlottesville,Va./Albemarle) and Bobby Thiele (Charlottesville, Va./Charlottesville) wereboth named All-Americans by virtue of their top-30 finishes at the NCAACross Country Championships. They are the first All-Americans in crosscountry since Patty Matava was so honored in 1987.

Owens finished 27th overall in a personal best time of 17:20.80.Her 27th place finish is the best since Matava’s finish in 1987. BrighamYoung University won the team title as 255 racers started the 5K event.

Thiele became UVA’s first All-American since Mike Springfieldearned All-American honors in 1985. He finished the 10K course in 31:05.60which was good enough for 26th place. Arkansas won the men’s title as again255 runners started the race.

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