Cross Country
Wildcat Runners Finish First in Season Opener

Two UK runners finish the Woodland Cross Country Trials

Two UK runners finish the Woodland Cross Country Trials

Aug. 31, 2001

VERSAILLES - The University of Kentucky men's cross country team started the season with a victory in the Woodland Cross Country Trials while the women's squad garnered a tie. The Wildcat thinclads competed against the Louisville Cardinals and the Eastern Kentucky Colonels.

The Wildcat men won with a team score of 26 points compared to EKU's 30 and U of L's 80. UK was led by junior Hunter Spencer (Willington, Conn./E.O. Smith) who placed first overall with a time of 16:00.00 in the 5,000 meter run. Sophomore James Doaty (Louisville, Ky./Male) finished third with a time of 16:10.30 while juniors Thomas Morgan (Lexington, Ky./Catholic) and Kevin Panke (Peachtree City, Ga./McIntosh) finished sixth and seventh respectively.

In the women's two mile run, the Wildcats tied for first with the Colonels with 37 team points apiece. The Cardinals finished third with 51 points. Sophomore Caity Phillips (Bay Village, Ohio/Magnificat) led all runners by posting a time of 11:36.30. Sophomore Karen Wartgow (Belvidere, Ill./Belvidere) placed seventh while freshmen Allison Grace (Marble Cliff, Ohio/Grandview Heights) and Valerie Gefert (Concord Twp., Ohio/Mentor) finished eighth and ninth.

"I was pleased with the way they looked running," said UK Coach Don Weber. "Everyone looked poised out there and we came away from the race without any major aches or pains."

The cross country team will next run Sept. 15 in Bowling Green, Ky. at the Old Timer's Invitational.

AGATE: (Top three and UK finishers)

Individual Men - 5,000 meters:
1. Hunter Spencer Kentucky 16:00.00 2. Eric Van Ostrand Eastern Kentucky 16:08.70 3. James Doaty Kentucky 16:10.30 6. Thomas Morgan Kentucky 16:26.50 7. Kevin Panke Kentucky 16:30.70 9. Justin Amason Kentucky 16:34.00 10. Jack Morgan Kentucky 16:37.00 19. Chad Johnson Kentucky 17:33.60 20. Paul Ciurlys Kentucky 17:47.60 21. Patton Segraves Kentucky 17:50.70

Team Men: 1. Kentucky 26 2. Eastern Kentucky 30 3. Louisville 80

Individual Women - 2 mile
1. Caity Phillips Kentucky 11:36.30 2. Tiffany Cartwright Eastern Kentucky 11:56.90 3. Jen Wheeler Eastern Kentucky 12:06.90 7. Karen Wartgow Kentucky 12:36.80 8. Allison Grace Kentucky 12:40.40 9. Valerie Gefert Kentucky 12:42.50 12. Beth Heimann Kentucky 12:46.00 13. April Eaves Kentucky 12:46.30 15. Jennifer Sauer Kentucky 12:51.60 18. Candace Leep Kentucky 12:59.50 25. Stephanie Hendrickson Kentucky 13:48.90

Team Women: 1. Kentucky 37 1. Eastern Kentucky 37 3. Louisville 51



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