Bearcat Cross Country Shows Strong at Pre-National Championships

Oct. 15, 2005


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The University of Cincinnati wrapped up competition at the Pre-National Championships at the LaVern Gibson Course in Terre Haute, Ind. on Saturday. The men placed 32nd in the Blue Division, while the women took 29th in the White Division.

The Bearcat men put up a fight in a tough field that included several nationally ranked opponents, but were unable to pull any upsets. Cincinnati fell to local rivals Ohio State University, Miami (Ohio), and Ohio University. UC also got its first look at some BIG EAST competition. Georgetown fared the best, placing third overall, followed by Louisville (19), and Villanova (26).

Despite having one of their strongest races, the Bearcats were able to place a single runner in the top 100. Junior Taylor Garvin placed 92nd. His time of 25:00 is his fastest time this season at the 8K distance, beating his previous mark by nearly a minute. Sophomore John Dixon (25:20), and juniors Kevin Schwarz (25:37) and David Adams (26:04) improved their marks just as dramatically. Freshman Rick King maintained his position as the Bearcats' fifth scorer by posting a time of 26:34.

Stanford University earned the men's team title, beating Brigham Young University by 85 points. Brigham Young's Josh Rohatinsky took the individual title however, running a time of 23:31.

Cincinnati's women's team had slightly more success, finishing ahead of five teams in the White Division race. UC's lone BIG EAST competition in the race was Marquette, who finished 11th overall. The Bearcat women stuck to their strategy of running as a pack, with four of their five scorers finishing within a minute of each other.

Senior Karen Berling held on to her spot as the Bearcats' lead runner. Her time of 22:08 was good for a 99th place finish. The rest of Cincinnati's scoring came from the consistent junior Cristy Doll (22:23), freshmen Megan Knapp (22:50) and Ellen Knopf (23:43), and sophomore Nichole Leslie (22:59).



Michigan, the nations second-ranked team as of Oct. 4, took the women's team title. Colorado's Christine Bolf completed the 6K course in a time of 20:12 for the individual victory.

Cincinnati will compete next at its first BIG EAST Conference Championships on Friday, Oct. 28 in New York, N.Y.

Top Cincinnati Finishers (Men)

92. Taylor Garvin.............25:00

134. John Dixon...............25:20

153. Kevin Schwarz..........25:37

182. David Adams............26:04

202. Rick King................26:34

Top Cincinnati Finishers (Women)

99. Karen Berling............22:08

118. Cristy Doll...............22:23

155. Megan Knapp...........22:50

170. Nichole Leslie..........22:59

199. Ellen Knopf.............23:43