Oct. 1, 2004
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Georgia Tech cross country met up with some outstanding competition on Friday at the Notre Dame Invitational. The Jackets top finishers were senior Neil McDonagh for the men and sophomore Mary Chind on the women’s side.
Competition in the same division as Tech was several nationally ranked cross country teams. In the women’s division, Stanford (1), tournament host Notre Dame (4), Michigan (6), UCLA (12), Butler (T-19), Michigan State (22), Missouri (23), William & Mary (24) and Oklahoma (27) are all ranked in the nations top-30 poll according to FinishLynx. On the men’s side, Stanford (2), BYU (9), Butler (11), Air Force (13), Indiana (15), ACC foe Florida State (28) and tournament host Notre Dame (30) are all ranked according to the United States Cross Country Coaches Association.
For the men, McDonagh was the Wreck’s top finisher in the Jackets 21st place effort. Fellow senior Kyle Rabbitt, running in his first race of the season, finished in the number two spot for the Yellow Jackets. Junior Rob Kuhn, freshman Nazar Trilisky and sophomore Blake Fertitta rounded out the top-five for Georgia Tech. The final competitors for the Jackets were freshman Ryan Pfeffer, senior Barton Crist and sophomore Chris Clarke.
On the women’s side, the Jackets, running in a tough field, finished 24th on the day. Tech’s top finisher was sophomore Mary Chind followed by fellow sophomore Ann Armsby. Other competitors for the Jackets were senior Jenny Lentz, and freshmen Elana Linn and Emily Yandle. The trio finished third through fifth for Tech respectively. Finishing out the day for the Yellow Jackets were freshmen Maria Hampton and Nisha Kurian and junior Jennifer Grabowski.
The Georgia Tech cross country team returns to action Monday, October 11, when the Yellow Jackets will compete in the Auburn Invitational. (Note: The Auburn Invitational will replace the Crimson Classic which was cancelled due to inclement weather caused by Hurricane Ivan.)