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CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS TOMORROW

The Centennial Conference Cross Country Championships are scheduled for tomorrow at Hunsberger Woods on the campus of Ursinus. Starting times are 11 a.m. for the men’s race and noon for the women’s race.

WOMEN LOOK TO CONTINUE UPWARD CLIMB

The Muhlenberg women’s cross country team finished eighth at the CC Championships in 1999, seventh in 2000 and sixth in 2001.

If the Mules can continue the trend and inch up another spot, they will match their best finish ever, achieved in 1997.

Muhlenberg will be led by freshman Karen Mount and junior Diana Garretto, who have been solid all season. Mount is ranked 18th in the CC coaches poll.

Dickinson is the favorite to win after capturing the crown the last two seasons and four out of the last five years. Haverford is expected to contend for the title after finishing second by two points last season.

Men Seek to Topple Dynasty

The Haverford men’s cross country team has won all nine Centennial Conference titles to date and has a streak of 13 consecutive league titles dating to its participation in the Middle Atlantic Conference. The Fords are currently ranked 10th in Division III and first in the Mideast Region.

Muhlenberg, ranked seventh in the Mideast Region, beat Haverford by one point in a head-to-head matchup at Salisbury on Sept. 28. The Mules have finished fourth at the CC Championships each of the last two years.

“It’s right there for us,” said junior Rob Uniszkiewicz, who finished 14th at the CC Championships last year and is second in the coaches rankings. “This is probably the best chance our team has had to beat Haverford. We want to take advantage of our talent.”

In addition to Uniszkiewicz, seniors Brendan Gallagher (who did not race at Salisbury) and Will Elson are ranked in the CC top 10 (fifth and sixth, respectively). Haverford has five runners ranked in the top 10.

“Up front we know what’s going to happen, so it’s really going to come down to the fourth and fifth runners,” noted Uniszkiewicz. “It’s fun to race when you know everyone is important.”

Muhlenberg ran the hilly course in a preseason scrimmage and trained there earlier this week. Wet, cold and windy conditions could have an effect on the outcome. “Our team is tough and we showed at DeSales that we can really handle the hills,” said Uniszkiewicz. “For us to win, everybody on our team is going to have to have a good day, a probably some of their guys will have to falter. If [the course] is sloppy, those kinds of things can happen.”

Dickinson, currently ranked sixth in the region, also figures to challenge Haverford.


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Last updated November 1, 2002