Cross Country Perfect In Dual Meet

GO KNIGHTS Elizabeth Miller and Astrid Claessens paced the women's team to victory over FAU.
Elizabeth Miller and Astrid Claessens paced the women's team to victory over FAU.

Sept. 24, 2004

CLERMONT- The UCF men's cross country team earned a perfect score and junior Astrid Claessens earned her first collegiate win on the women's side as the Golden Knights went against Atlantic Sun foes at the U.S. Triathlon Center on Friday evening.

The Knights took the top seven places in the 8K race for the first perfect score in program history. Freshman Jake Wilke led the way in first place with a time of 29:58 followed by classmate Paul Fitzpatrick in second at 30:53. Sophomore Brent White, senior Brian Sharbono and senior captain Kiley Blake rounded out the top five. Junior Ray Gossage was sixth and sophomore Ryan White finished seventh to complete the feat.

UCF beat both Florida Atlantic and Jacksonville but no team scores were tallied.

In the women's 5K, the Golden Knights faced FAU and Claessens captured her first college win with a time of 20:24. She finished in front of Lady Owl and reigning A-Sun Runner of the Week Tricia Doyle by 21 seconds.

Freshman Elizabeth Miller was second at 21:17. Senior Marivi Mercado ran the course in 21:36 for fifth place followed by junior Valerie Tabor in sixth at 21:43. Freshman Allison Palmer and junior Andrea Morrow were one second apart in eight and ninth.

No team scores were kept on the women's side as well.

The Golden Knights return to action at the Disney Classic on Oct. 9 in Lake Buena Vista.

UCF Men Top Individuals Results 1. Jake Wilke, 29:58 2. Paul Fitzpatrick, 30:53 3. Brent White, 31:07 4. Brian Sharbono, 31:12 5. Kiley Blake, 31:23 6. Ray Gossage, 31:33 7. Ryan White, 31:40

UCF Women Top Individuals Results 1. Astrid Claessens, 20:24 4. Elizabeth Miller, 21:17 5. Marivi Mercado, 21:36 6. Valerie Tabor, 21:43 8. Allison Palmer, 21:55 9. Andrea Morrow, 21:56 11. Christina Jones, 22:07 13. Kristen Ziemeski, 22:21 14. Michelle Brouillet, 22:28 15. Jackie Magee, 22:43



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