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Oct. 11, 1997

Wildcats Team Places Fifth At Pre-NCAA Meet

In a meet that featured 11 of the nation's top 25 teams, the Villanova women's cross country team finished fifth overall in the team competition at the NCAA Pre-Meet held at Furman University on Saturday, Oct. 11, 1997.

The Wildcats compiled 146 points, finishing behind Stanford (39), Wisconsin (89), Oregon (107) and Colorado (139). The defending NCAA champion Cardinal placed four runners in the top 10, including the meet's individual champion.

Villanova's Carrie Tollefson (Jr., Dawson, Minn.) put in an impressive showing, covering the course in a time of 16:54 to finish second in the individual battle. Teammate Kristine Jost (Jr., Kent Island, Md.) placed in the meet's third spot overall, running a time of 16:57. The combination of Tollefson and Jost has proven deadly early, as the duo has finished among the top three in both meets this season. On Sept. 27 at the Iona Meet of Champions, Tollefson won the individual race, while Jost placed second overall.

Carmen Douma (So., Cambridge, Ontario) was also exceptional, finishing sixth among the 161-runner field. Douma ran a time of 17:15 on the 5,000m course, just two seconds off the fourth-place position.

Coming on strong for head coach John Marshall in this race was Geraldine McCarthy (Fr., Listowel, Ireland) who ran in the No. 4 spot for the Wildcats. McCarthy placed 58th overall, running a time of 18:21 in only the second meet of her career. Tamieka Grizzle (So., Bronx, N.Y.) was Villanova's final scorer on the afternoon, placing 86th overall in 18:45.

The Villanova women will compete again on Oct. 19, 1997 at the Penn State Invitational. The Wildcat men's squad, off this weekend, return to action on Oct. 17, 1997at the IC4As held at Van Cortlandt Park in New York.

Team Results
(Top Ten Schools)
1.  Stanford (39) 
2.  Wisconsin (89) 
3.  Oregon (107) 
4.  Colorado (139) 
5.  VILLANOVA (146) 
6.  North Carolina (228) 
7.  William & Mary (233) 
8.  Nebraska (252) 
9.  Nothern Arizona (279) 
10. UCLA, Coastal Carolina  (289)
Individual Results
(Top 10 Finishers)
1.  Julia Stamps (Stanford)     16:44
2.  CARRIE TOLLEFSON (VU)       16:54
3.  KRISTINE JOST (VU)          16:57
4.  Sarna Renfro (Stanford)     17:12
5.  Collette Liss (Valparaiso)  17:13 
6.  CARMEN DOUMA (VU)           17:15
7.  Amy Swier (N. Arizona)      17:20
8.  Mary Cobb (Stanford)        17:22
9.  Sally Glynn (Stanford)      17:22
10. Catherine Berry (ETSU)      17:23
Other Villanova Finishers
58. Geraldine McCarthy (VU) 18:21
86. Tamieka Grizzle (VU)    18:45
151. Jackie Gruters (VU)    20:19
158. Kate Etter (VU)        21:06