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Cougars Outrun Hoyas, Wolfpack to Win Great American Festival

CHARLOTTE -- A solid sophomore class led the way for BYU as the Cougars ran away from No. 5 Georgetown and No. 8 North Carolina State to win the team title at the Great American Cross Country Festival. Sophomore Lindsey Thomsen nearly captured the individual title, battling it out with Kenya native Sylvia Chelimo of Gardner-Webb University over the last half mile of the race. Chelimo crossed the finish line in 16:55.7, less than two seconds ahead of Thomsen, who finished in 16:57.6 for the 5K course.

Another sophomore, Sarah Ellett, was the next runner to finish for the Cougars. Her 17:04.8 was good for fourth place overall, and senior All-American Sharolyn Shields (17:18.4) also recored a top-ten finish for BYU, coming in sixth. Redshirt freshmen Katie Martin (12th) and Nan Evans (14th) rounded out the scoring to give the Cougars a team total of 38.

North Carolina State was the only other team to finish three runners in the top ten, but the Wolfpack's fifth scorer finished in 21st place overall, deep enough to give BYU the winning edge.

After the race, coach Patrick Shane was pleased with his team's performance. He was especially optimistic about the future of his current number-one runner.

"I was just elated with Lindsey Thomsen's race today," Shane said. "She beat some of the best people in the country. If we can keep her healthy she's going to have a phenomenal year."

The Cougars will have one week to prepare for their next test as they compete again Saturday at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, California.

Great American X/C Festival

McAlpine Greenway Park, Charlotte, NC

September 23, 2000

Collegiate Womens 5K

1. Sylvia Chelim Gardner-Webb 16:55.7 1

2. Lindsay Thompsen Brigham Young 16:57.6 2

3. Sheela Agrawal Duke 16:58.8 3

4. Sarah Ellet Brigham Young 17:04.8 4

5. Autumn Fogg Georgetown 17:13.4 5

6. Sharolyn Shields Brigham Young 17:18.4 6

7. Ann Somerville Michigan State 17:20.0 7

8. Lindsey Rogers NC State 17:23.0 8

9. Katie Sabino NC State 17:23.7 9

10. Christy Nichols NC State 17:25.5 10

11. Katie Nowak Ball St 17:26.6 11

12. Katie Martin Brigham Young 17:29.3 12

13. Beth Fonner NC State 17:30.1 13

14. Nan Evans Brigham Young 17:31.3 14

15. Amy Beatty Ball St 17:32.4 15

16. Kathy Kadziolka Ball St 17:34.3 16

17. Lorena Adams Georgetown 17:36.5 17

18. Jamie Krzyminski Michigan State 17:39.1 18

19. Jill Braley Furman 17:40.5 19

20. Megan Sullivan Duke 17:46.4 20

21. Diana Henderson NC State 17:49.0 21

22. Emily Enstice Georgetown 17:49.6 22

23. Katie Atlas Duke 17:50.9 23

24. Stacey Vidt Virgina Tech 17:53.5 24

25. Kristen Gordon Georgetown 17:55.1 25

26. Michelle Carson Michigan State 17:55.4 26

27. Melanie Steere Brigham Young 17:56.2 27

28. Erin Swain NC State 17:58.1 28

29. Gretchen Folck Ball St 18:03.7 29

30. Tara Haynes Brigham Young 18:04.3 30

Team Results

1. Brigham Young 2, 4, 6, 12, 14 = 38

2. NC State 8, 9, 10, 13, 21 = 61

3. Georgetown 5, 17, 22, 25, 35 = 104

4. Ball St 11, 15, 16, 29, 36 = 107

5. Duke 3, 20, 23, 34, 39 = 119

6. Michigan State 7, 18, 26, 40, 54 = 145

7. Virgina Tech 24, 31, 55, 57, 59 = 226

8. Furman 19, 44, 56, 60, 71 = 250

9. UNC-Charlotte 33, 47, 63, 69, 110 = 322

10. UNC-Greensboro 37, 53, 75, 77, 84 = 326

11. UNC-Asheville 42, 68, 70, 78, 86 = 344

12. Charleston Southern 38, 46, 85, 94, 103 = 366

13. Campbell 45, 51, 72, 105, 111 = 384

14. Western Carolina 65, 76, 80, 101, 104 = 426

15. Davidson 52, 81, 89, 106, 107 = 435

16. Coastal Carolina 66, 79, 82, 99, 112 = 438

17. UNC-Wilmington 58, 90, 98, 100, 114 = 460

18. Gardner-Webb 1, 102, 127, 133, 134 = 497

19. Winthrop 43, 97, 122, 125, 126 = 513

20. Virg. Military Inst. 83, 91, 119, 124, 128 = 545

21. High Point-NC 96, 135, 141, 142, 147 = 661

22. Wofford 130, 136, 144, 148, 149 = 707