Greg Burke finished an impressive career at FAU Saturday.
Nov. 1, 2003
Buies Creek, NC - The Florida Atlantic University men's and women's cross country teams finished eighth and fifth, respectively, Saturday, at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship in Buies Creek, NC. The women's fifth place finish is the best team finish in school history. Two women, Claudia Beitel and Monika Grabowiecka, and one man, Manny Huerta, earned conference honors. All 11 A-Sun schools were represented at the meet. Belmont won both the men's and women's championships.
As she has all season, Beitel paced the Lady Owls with a sixth place finish. Her time of 18:17 reset the FAU school record and earned her All-Conference honors. Beitel, a senior from Longwood, FL, has not finished outside the top-10 this season.
Two other women finished within the top-25. Junior Raynell Hagberg finished six spots back of Beitel at no. 12 with a personal record time of 19:01. Meanwhile, Grabowiecka snatched a 24th place finish, 19:34, and a spot on the All-Freshman team. In all, 80 women participated in the meet.
Huerta, a redshirt freshman, led the men finishing 16th with a time of 26:30. Huerta was the fifth freshman to cross the finish line earning him All-Freshman team honors.
Running for the last tiem as an Owl, senior Greg Burke wrapped up a strong career with a 27:08 finish. Burke's time was good enough to place 24th out of 76 men.
Amy Springer, 20:31, Brittany Powers, 20:59, Abby Moore, 21:01, Antoinette Foster, 21:28, and Artemis Saridakis, 21:39, rounded out the Lady Owls. Overall, the top-five finishers for each team were used in determining team scores.
Entering the season, head coach Alex Smolka promised his team if they finished within the top-five at the league championships they would compete in the NCAA Regional meet. With a fifth place finish in hand, the Lady Owls will travel to Auburn AL, November 14, to compete in its first NCAA Regional.