Notebook: Duke Perfect at Invite
BLUE STREAK: The Duke women's cross country team started its season in dominating fashion as the Blue Devils posted a perfect score to win the San Diego Invitational on Sept. 10.
No. 2 Duke captured each of the first seven places for a team total of 15 points with senior Clara Horowitz winning the first race of her career. The senior from Berkeley, Calif., finished with a time of 21:14 in the 6K run as she earned Atlantic Coast Conference Runner of the Week honors.
Duke's top seven runners finished within less than a minute of each other.
PERFECT: Ohio State's John Ealy led a pack of Buckeyes as they took the top seven spots to win the 2005 Xavier Invitational on Sept. 10.
The Buckeyes posted a perfect score of 15 points to win the men's 5K race, while Ohio State's women's team also placed first in a meet for the first time in four seasons.
Ealy ran the race in a time of 15:26.34 with four teammates finishing behind him by less than a second. The sophomore from Reynoldsburg, Ohio, garnered Big Ten Runner of the Week for his efforts.
THREE'S A CROWD: The Georgetown University men's cross country won the top three places at the Great Meadows Invitational on Sept. 10 to win the team title with 17 points.
The Hoyas took five of the top six spots, and seven of the top 10 finishes with Brian Dalpiaz winning the meet in 20:56. Matt Debole and Charlie Millioen placed second and third, respectively.
BEEN A WHILE: San Jose State's Tiffany Hall earned a first-place finish at the UC Davis Aggie Invitational to help the Spartans finish second in the meet to California on Sept. 10.
Hall, a junior Vacaville, Calif., won the 5K race in a time of 18:17.90 to become the first Spartan to take first in a cross country meet since 2001. She was selected Western Athletic Conference Runner of the Week for her second top five finish of the season.
"This is the first time a Spartan has won a major (with twelve teams or more) cross country invitational," said head coach Augie Argabright.
NO CHALLENGE: Missouri's Tim Ross won the Missouri Cross Country Challenge for the third time in his career as he led the Tigers to the meet title on Sept. 10.
Ross, a senior from Alto, Mich., ran the 8K race in a time of 35:45.06 to finish first in the meet for the second straight season. He also earned Big 12 Runner of the Week honors, the first time a Missouri men's athlete has earned the award since 2001.
BIG BLUE: Michigan opened the season with a win at the Great Meadows Invitational on Sept. 10 as the Wolverines took seven of the top 10 places.
Sophomore Alyson Kohlmeier of Sarnia, Ontario, captured the individual title with a time of 17:14, 10 seconds better than her teammate and second-place finisher Nicole Edwards. Arianne Field took third-place as Michigan recorded a team score of 17 points.