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Women Runners Score Best CC Finish
Men in Top 4 Again

The Muhlenberg women’s cross country team posted its best finish ever at the Centennial Conference Championships, coming in fourth.

“We’re pretty excited about [having the best finish in team history],” said junior Christy Grandjean. The Mules’ previous best was fifth place, in 1997. “We have really pulled together this year.”

Grandjean played a big role in the fourth-place finish. After the top three runners from each team
Jenna Belisonzi
Belisonzi finished 14th at the CC Championships in 2003.
crossed the finish line, Swarthmore had a 20-point lead on Muhlenberg. But Grandjean and freshman Laura Clinton came in 30th and 33rd, respectively, giving the Mules the points they needed to claim fourth by two points when the Garnet’s fourth and fifth came in 40th and 45th.

“That was a big thing with us, that every single place matters,” noted Grandjean. “The coaches were yelling that at us throughout the race: ‘Every place matters! Don’t let anyone pass you!’”

Senior Jenna Belisonzi crossed the finish line in fifth to earn All-CC honors. She was the first Muhlenberg runner to place in the top five since Amanda Wachter came in third at the inaugural CC meet in 1993.

Dickinson, ranked 13th in Division III, won its fifth consecutive title.

The Muhlenberg men battled Dickinson and Swarthmore for second place throughout the race, but ultimately finished fourth as well. It was their fifth straight season in the top four of the CC meet.

Junior Alexander Hotz earned second-team All-CC honors by finishing 14th.

Haverford placed 12 of the top 19 runners to win the CC championship for the 12th year in a row.

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Freshman Matt Johnson, making his first career start, rushed for 131 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Muhlenberg football team to a 21-0 win over Gettysburg before an overflow Family Weekend crowd at Scotty Wood Stadium.

The win, combined with McDaniel’s 20-7 loss to Franklin & Marshall, put the Mules (7-1, 4-1) into first place in the Centennial Conference, a half-game ahead of McDaniel. The two teams
Matt Johnson
Johnson is the third Muhlenberg runner this year, and the fifth in the last two years, to gain 100 yards in a game.
meet next week, and if Muhlenberg wins it will capture its first outright CC championship ever.

The Mule defense, which entered the game first in Division III against the run and overall, allowed a season-high 277 yards, including 143 on the ground, but did not allow a point in five red-zone chances and recorded its first shutout of the season.

Muhlenberg has shut out Gettysburg (1-7, 1-3) three straight times at Scotty Wood Stadium.

Johnson, the fourth Mule to start at tailback this season, entered the game with 31 rushing yards to his credit. He scored on runs of 2 yards in the first quarter, 16 yards in the second and 1 yard in the third, and also completed three of five pass attempts for 30 yards.

Freshmen have scored the last 33 points for Muhlenberg, dating back to the second half of the Ursinus game.

Another Mule streak is that they have not allowed a touchdown in 17 quarters, although Gettysburg came close to breaking that one.

The Bullets drove into Muhlenberg territory on consecutive first-quarter possessions, the second after an interception at the 20-yard line, but missed field goals both times.

Late in the first half, Gettysburg reached the Mule 19-yard line, only to be turned away when junior Phil Gasker intercepted a fourth-down pass at the 1.

The Bullets threatened twice again in the fourth quarter. Junior Justin Adair intercepted a pass in the end zone to end the first drive. After an offensive pass interference penalty wiped out a touchdown pass on the second, Gettysburg lost the ball on downs.

Senior Ryan Peer led the Mule defense with 10 tackles, including two sacks.

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Last updated October 30, 2004