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XC Women “Short”-en Times; V-ball Takes Third
The Muhlenberg cross country teams got to run with the likes of Tennessee, Auburn, Villanova, Georgetown and Penn State and Lehigh’s 31st annual Paul Short Run.

Although all participating schools competed in the same race, the results were separated between Division I schools and Division II and III schools.

The Mule women tied for seventh among nine lower-division schools, but more importantly, every one of their runners improved her time from the Lehigh Valley Championships, run on the same course three weeks ago. The greatest improvement was shown by junior Christy Grandjean, who knocked 2:01 off her previous time.

Senior Jenna Belisonzi also cut into her time, lowering it by 1:40. She finished eighth, beating out 75 Division I runners.

The men competed without their top runner but still managed to come in 10th out of 12 Division II and III squads. For the first time in his career, sophomore Stephen Rothwell (incorrectly identified as senior Christopher Martin in the official results) was the first Muhlenberg runner across the finish line, placing 36th overall, ahead of 47 Division I athletes. Martin ran a good race as well and placed 46th. (updated Sept. 27)

Had the team scores been counted together, the Mules would have defeated three Division I teams – Rider, Binghamton and St. Mary’s.

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The Muhlenberg volleyball team enjoyed a good second day at the Amherst Classic, winning two of three matches to finish in third place.

The Mules (6-8) win six close games in defeating Eastern Connecticut State and a strong Middlebury team. Their only two losses in the tournament were to Amherst and Pomona-Pitzer, who wound up playing a five-game match (won by Pomona-Pitzer) for the championship.

Junior Julie Lauro was named to the all-tournament team.

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• Men’s Soccer: Junior Ryan Smallwood converted a cross from freshman Karim Assous with just 2:40 left in regulation to give Muhlenberg its first Centennial Conference win of the season, 1-0 at Washington.

The Mules (3-3-1, 1-1), playing without several of their regular starters, had an 11-1 advantage in corner kicks but could not score on the Shoremen (3-3-1, 0-1) until the very end.

Assous’ assist was his fifth of the season, and Smallwood’s goal was his second.

Muhlenberg extended its undefeated streak against Washington to 17. The Mules hold a 15-0-2 series edge, although the last three wins have been by the slim 1-0 final.

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• Women’s Soccer: Muhlenberg’s 10-game Centennial Conference winning streak fell with a thud as 19th-ranked Johns Hopkins scored three first-half goals and breezed to a 3-0 shutout. It marked the first time the Mules (4-3, 1-1) lost a CC game by more than one goal since 1996 – a span of 77 games. Click here for box score.

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Last updated September 25, 2004