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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Cross Country: Davis Earns All-BIG EAST Honors

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University cross country team finished 12th with 336 points at the BIG EAST Championships on Friday, Oct. 28, in the Bronx, N.Y. Fourth-ranked Notre Dame had three of the top five finishers and won the BIG EAST meet for the third time in four years.

Senior Susan Davis’ top-15 finish automatically qualifies her for all-BIG EAST honors.

Davis placed 11th individually with a time of 21:38, improving on her 25th place finish at the BIG EAST a year ago. Davis barely missed her fourth top-10 finish of the season. She crossed the line just one second behind Providence’s Megan Owen (21:37) and Georgetown’s Maggie Infield (21:37), who placed ninth and tenth, respectively.

Providence’s Fiona Crombie placed first with a time of 20:50, while Notre Dame’s Molly Huddle finished second (20:52). ND’s Stephanie Madia (20:54), Villanova’s Marina Muncan (21:01), and the Irish’s Sunni Olding (21:04) were the top five runners.

Each school’s top finishers had their places recorded and added to reach a final point total. No. 4 Notre Dame placed first with 34 points and was followed by 2004 BIG EAST champion No. 16 Providence with 59 points. No. 29 Marquette finished third with 105 points, while Georgetown and Villanova rounded out the top five teams.

The championships will be televised nationally via tape delay on College Sports Television at 9 p.m. on Nov. 13.

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