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Douma Wins Big East Title, Wildcat Women Finish Third



Oct. 29, 1999

Bronx, N.Y.--- At the 1999 Big East Conference Cross County Championships on Friday, Oct. 29, at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y., the Villanova University women's cross country team finished in third place with 74 points. Wildcat senior Carmen Douma (Cambridge, Ontario/ Christian H.S.) won the individual crown with a time of 17:20. For Douma, a six-time All-American in cross country and track and field, this is her first ever conference championship in cross country. Her top previous performance came in 1997 when she garnered a second-place finish.

Winning the women's Big East team title was Georgetown University with 41 points. Providence finished in second place with 59 points, followed by Villanova in third with 74, and Boston College and Notre Dame rounding out the top five with 78 and 98 points respectively. Other women's team scores at the Championships were as follows: 6. West Virginia (193), 7. Syracuse (197), 8. Rutgers (221), 9. Connecticut (245), 10. Miami (313), 11. St. John's (334), 12. Pittsburgh (345), 12. Seton Hall (376).

Placing in second position behind Douma was Georgetown's Kristen Gordon who crossed the finish line in 17:26. Placing third was Providence's Heather Cappello (17:36), followed by Notre Dame's Alison Klemmer (17:39) in fourth, and Georgetown's Kathleen Linck (17:42) in fifth.

Other Villanova finishers included freshman Liz Awtrey who placed seventh in 17:43, sophomore Sarah-Vance Goodman in 18th (18:18), junior Ann McGranahan in 21st place (18:26), freshman Sheila Klick in 27th position (18:39), senior Lony'e Johnson in 53rd place (19:32) and sophomore Meghan Courtney in 65th (20:05). Four other Wildcats participated, but did not place. Junior Geraldine McCarthy finished the race in 20:20, junior Jessica Franks in 20:50, junior Susan Billings in 21:58, and freshman Jocelyn Fontaine in 22:05.