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Sept. 27, 1997

Tollefson Leads Wildcats to Victory at Iona

VAN CORTLAND PARK, N.Y. -- The Villanova women's cross country squad put in a dominating performance at the Iona Meet of Champions on Satuurday, Sept. 27, capturing three of the top four spots and running away with the team title at Van Cortland Park in New York.

The Wildcats scored 28 points in the victory, outdistancing second-place Dartmouth, which posted 43 points. Army finished third with 77 points, Westchester Track Club fourth with 110 points and Harvard fifth with 122 points.

All-American Carrie Tollefson (Jr., Dawson, Minn.) was stellar in the Wildcats' debut meet of 1997, running a time of 16:54.4 over the 5000m course to win the individual championship. Not far behind Tollefson was fellow All-American Kristine Jost (Jr., Kent Island, Md.), who finished in the runner-up spot in 16:58.8. Carmen Douma (So., Cambridge, Ontario) also put in a strong effort, placing fourth overall in 17:54.3.

Running in the No. 4 spot for head coach John Marshall was Tamieka Grizzle (So., Bronx, N.Y.), who came through in fine style. Grizzle placed eighth among the 165 competitors in 18:14.0. Geraldine McCarthy (Fr., Listowel, Ireland) made her initial run as a Wildcat, and did not look like a freshman, finishing 13th in 18:34.8.

Jackie Gruters (Jr., Sarasota, Fla.), Kate Etter (So., Maple Glen, Pa.) and Lony'e Johnson (So., Wilmington, Del.) also competed at the Meet of Champions for Marshall.

The Wildcat women enjoy two weeks off before resuming competition on Oct. 11 at the NCAA Pre-Meet held at Furman University in Greenville, S.C.

Iona Meet of Champions
Saturday, Sept. 27, 1997
Van Cortland Park, New York
Team Results
1.  VILLANOVA       28
2.  Dartmouth       43
3.  Army            77
4.  Westchester TC  110
5.  Harvard         122
6.  Miami           163
7.  South Carolina  216
8.  Princeton       227
9.  Fordham         266
10. Loyola          273
11. Iona            361
12. St. Peter's     376
13. FDU             419
14. Monmouth        431
15. Siena           433
16. Long Island     434
17. Fairfield       470
Individual Results
(Top 10, All Villanova Finishers)
1.  Carrie Tollefson (VU)   16:54.4
2.  Kristine Jost (VU)      16:58.8
3.  Jenna Rogers (DC)       17:47.4
4.  Carmen Douma (VU)       17:54.3
5.  Anne Devlin (DC)        17:58.4
6.  Marisa Hanson (WTC)     18:07.5
7.  Jessica Jones (Army)    18:11.2
8.  Tamieka Grizzle (VU)    18:14.0
9.  Shannon Sarabyn (UM)    18:17.3
10. Erin Dromgoole (DC)     18:20.0
Other Villanova Finishers
13. Geraldine McCarthy (VU) 18:34.8
52. Jackie Gruters (VU)     19:49.9
82. Kate Etter (VU)         20:34.8
93. Lony'e Johnson (VU)     20:47.2

Men's Cross Country Team Takes Fourth

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Villanova men's cross country squad put in a strong performance at the Spiked Shoe Invitational on Sept. 27, 1997, with a fourth-place finish in the team competition. The meet was held at Penn State University at the PSU Blue and White Golf Courses.

Coulby Dunn (Jr., Greentown, Pa.) paced the Wildcat squad with a top-notch effort, finishing fifth overall in 26:43.10. Only a step behind Dunn was Scott Tantino (So., North Wales, Pa.), who crossed the finish line in sixth place with a time of 26:43.50.

Dean Smith (So., Baltimore, Md.) narrowly missed a top-10 finish, placing 11th in 26:56.46 as the Wildcats' No. 3 runner. Brock Butler (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) placed 24th among the 146 competitors in the race, clocking in at 27:19.31, while Eric Bind (Jr., Owings Mills, Md.) rounded out the Wildcat scoirng with a 61st-place finish.

Bucknell captured the team championship with 43 points and four top-10 individual finishers. Host Penn State, the five-time defending champion of the Spiked Shoe Invitational, placed second with 57 points, while the Naval Academy posted 59 points.

The Wildcats resume competition on Oct. 4, 1997, when they travel to Lehigh University for the Paul Short Invitational.

Results
Team Results
1. Bucknell         43
2. Penn State       57
3. US Naval Academy 59
4. villanova        86
5. SUNY-Albany      162
6. St. Francis      204
7. PSU Alumni       207
8. Duquesne         227
9. Pittsburgh       262
10. Fleet Feet      276
11. Frostburg State 284
12. Rider           303
13. Clarion         354
Individuals
(Top 10, All Villanova Finishers)
1. Matt Kodak (BU)          26:25.23
2. Dan Ford (PSU)           26:29.56
3. Eric Adams (Navy)        26:38.68
4. Ron Hess (BU)            26:40.99
5. Coulby Dunn (VU)         26:43.10
6. Scott Tantino (VU)       26:43.50
7. Mike Pfaff (PSU)         26:44.20
8. Jonathan Dietrich (BU)   26:48.75
9. Todd Malligan (BU)       26:51.03
10. Johan Sandquist (PSU)   26:54.20
Other Villanova Finishers
11. Dean Smith (VU)         26:56.46
24. Brock Butler (VU)       27:19.31
61. Eric Bind (VU)          28:18.29
72. Joseph McNamara (VU)    28:34.18
75. Ryan Payne (VU)         28:41.09
124. Rich Morris (VU)       30:28.33
128. Michael Bosacco (VU)   30:40.44

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