Nov. 15, 1997

Women's Cross Country Finishes Eighth at Mountain Regional Meet

OGDEN, Utah- Texas Tech,s women,s cross country team combined for an eighth place finish with 231 points at the 1997 NCAA Mountain Region Cross Country Championships today in Ogden, Utah. Brigham Young University claimed the women,s team title, while Colorado swept the first five scoring spots to take the men,s team title, earning a perfect score of 15 on the Riverside Golf Course. Junior Evette Turner led the Red Raider women,s squad, crossing the line in 14th place with a time of 17 minutes, 57.5 seconds on the 5K course. Turner,s time was her second best this season. Sophomore Leigh Daniel was close behind in 18th, clocking a time of 18:01.5. Senior Lori Knowles put together her best performance this year, running the course in a season-best time of 18:46.4 for 53rd in her final performance with the cross country team. The meet, hosted by Weber State University, saw Maggie Chan, from BYU, claim the women,s individual title with a time of 17:13.3 in the field of 113. The BYU squad finished first with a total of 29 points, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Cross Country Nationals. Colorado also qualified for the national meet, finishing second with 64 points. The Colorado men,s team qualified automatically for the NCAA Championships with a first place finish. Buffalo runner Adam Goucher, who claimed the Big 12 men,s individual title, also earned top honors at the regional meet with a time of 30:04.0 in the 10K race. Tournament host Weber State earned a place in the national championships as well, finishing second with 97 points.

Team Scores: 
1.  BYU, 29
2.  Colorado, 64
3.  Colorado State, 103
4.  Weber State, 118
5.  NAU, 141
6.  Idaho State, 175
7.  Utah, 224
8.  Texas Tech, 231
9.  Montana State, 239
10. Utah State, 263
11. UTEP, 307
12. Montana, 330
13. Wyoming, 381
14. SUU, 381
15. Air Force, 385
16. New Mexico, 394
17. Nevada, 450
Women,s Individual Scores: 
Winner Maggie Chan, BYU, 17:13.3
14. Evette Turner, 17:57.5
18. Leigh Daniel, 18:01. 5
53. Lori Knowles, 18:46.4
70. Kristen Koppes, 19:03.8
76. Dawn Charlier, 19:09.8
92. Tara Hangge, 19:40.1

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