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NC State Cross Country Has Strong Showing At Pre-Nationals
Wolfpack women finish third, men sixth


Oct. 19, 2002



Complete Results





Terre Haute, Ind. - NC State's men and women had a strong showing at the Asics/Pacesetters Pre-Nationals Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind. The women's squad finished third in the 6,000K white race, while the men took sixth in the 8,000K blue heat. Kristin Price and Devin Swann were the Wolfpack's top finishers on the day. True freshmen Julia Lucas and Kristina Roth also turned in solid performances.

Price, a junior, finished in a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds for 16th place, while Lucas took 22nd. Lucas turned in the conferences fastest time by a true freshman with 21 minutes, 4 seconds. Roth lined up for the first time this season, and crossed the finish line at the 21:27 mark of the race for a 44th place finish. Josianne Lauber came in beside Roth to finish 45th, while redshirt freshman Abagail Nelkie finished 72nd, running the course in 21 minutes, 49 seconds. This was also Nelkie's first "A" race for the Wolfpack. Senior blocker Diana Henderson posted a time of 22 minutes, 11 seconds.

NC State's women finished behind Stanford (27) and conference foe Wake Forest (165) with a team score of 199.

The men's team put three runners in the top 50 of the pack, to finish with a score of 260. NC State was the top ACC team in the race. Virginia (448) finished 16th, while Florida State (651), Duke (653) and Wake Forest (674) finished 26th, 27th and 28th in the white heat.

Swann finished 17th overall posting a time of 24 minutes, 21 seconds. David Patterson (39th) finished in a time of 24:49.6, ahead of Kurtis Marlowe (49th) who finished in 24:55. Ricky Brookshire took 58th in 25 minutes, 1 second, and Nick Mangum was 97th in 25:25.3. Blockers Dean Bowker and David Christian took 102nd and 224th respectively.

The Wolfpack men and women will take the next two weeks to prepare to defend their ACC Championships. The women's squad can capture its 20th title November 2nd in Atlanta, Ga., while the men seek their second straight. The race will be held on the Georgia Regional Hospital Course with a 10 a.m. start scheduled for the women and an 11 a.m. start for the men.
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