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 Mike Falk
 Sports Information Director
 Muhlenberg College
 2400 Chew Street
 Allentown PA 18104
 484-664-3232
 falk@muhlenberg.edu

Cross Country
2003 Season Review:

The Muhlenberg cross country season ended with solid performances by both the men’s and women’s teams at the NCAA Mideast Regional on Nov. 15.
Rob Uniszkiewicz
Uniszkiewicz was the only Mule individual to win a race in 2003.
A pair of all-region runners led the way for each Mule squad.

The men’s team finished 11th out of 35 teams and sophomore Alexander Hotz finished 10th, missing a trip to the NCAA Championships by one spot. Senior Rob Uniszkiewicz grabbed 29th place to make the all-region team for the third straight year.

On the women’s side, junior Jenna Belisonzi and sophomore Karen Mount finished 16th and 17th, respectively, to earn all-region recognition and lead the Mules to a 13th-place finish out of 38 teams.

The regional meet was the culmination of a successful cross country season. Men’s team highlights included a second-place finish at the season-opening Labor Day Invitational at Marywood, third at the Mule/Falcon Classic, 12th among 34 teams at the DeSales Invitational and fourth at the Centennial Conference Championships. It was the Mules’ fourth straight year among the conference’s top four teams.

Uniszkiewicz provided the men’s top individual showing, winning the Mule/Falcon Classic, eight spots ahead of freshman Lex Mercado.
Jenna Belisonzi
Belisonzi was the first Mule to finish in the women’s team’s last four races.
Uniszkiewicz and Hotz finished two-three at the Labor Day Invitational. Hotz placed in the top 10 five times, including fourth at the CC meet and ninth of 228 runners at the DeSales Inviational. Uniszkiewicz was 10th at CCs, joining Hotz on the all-conference team.

Belisonzi earned All-CC honors too, finishing 14th at the conference meet. She also placed eighth of 221 runners at DeSales and fourth at the Mule/Falcon Classic at Cedar Crest. Joining Belisonzi in the Mule/Falcon top 10 were Mount (third) and senior Diana Garretto (seventh). All three also grabbed top-10 spots at the Labor Day Invitational. Mount finished seventh at the Lehigh Valley Championships.

The women’s team started out with a third-place finish at the Labor Day Invitational. The Mules later won the Mule/Falcon Classic (ahead of rival Moravian) and finished ninth of 31 teams at the DeSales Invitational.

Both Mule teams defeated two Division I squads at Lehigh’s Paul Short Invitational on Nov. 4.

 

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