Sept. 6, 2002
Orlando, FL - The Florida Atlantic men and women's cross-country teams both finished third, respectively, out of 13 teams at the UCF Invitational, Friday evening. The women had three runners in the top 20 while the men placed five in the top 30 as each race had over 120 runners.
Freshman Raynell Hagberg, coming off a strong performance last week, again led the pack for the FAU women as she ran a time of 19:10 to place sixth in the 5k race. Freshman Kathryn Murnane, 19:42 and junior captain Claudia Beitel, 19:54 finished 15th and 17th, respectively, as all three runners improved their times from their last race. This is the second consecutive match where Hagberg, Murnane and Beitel have finished as the top runners for the Owls. Last week Hagberg finished second at the Palm Beach Atlantic Invitational. This also marks the second time in consecutive weeks that FAU has beaten FIU after never before beating them in program history.
Sophomore Brian Mulvaney took command of the men's team as he ran the four-mile race in a time of 21:30 to take 12th place. Just behind him was junior Greg Burke, who ran a time of 21:40 as he placed 14th. Freshmen Adam Cortes, 22:12, Danny Goldsmith, 22:16, and Lee Beckham, 22:17, round out the Owl's top five runners who finished in the top 30.
Due to a formal protest the women's scores would be unofficial. But as it stands, University of Tampa placed first with 23 points, UCF placing second with 70 and Florida Atlantic placing third with 95. In the men's standings, Miami placed first (34), Warner Southern placed second (53), Florida Atlantic placed third (70) and UCF placed fourth (83).
Florida Atlantic's next race will be Saturday, September 14 in Tallahassee, FL for the FSU Invitational.