Holy Cross Has Strong Showing At National Catholic Invitational

Sept. 17, 2004


Notre Dame, Ind. - The Holy Cross men's and women's cross country teams both finished in the top ten at the National Catholic Cross Country Invitational, the women's team finished in eighth place with 256 points while the men's team came in ninth with 299 points.

The Crusaders top runners were seniors Jon Nieskens (Peterborough , N.H.) , who finished 27th with a time of 26:07 for the men and Erin Moseley (Scituate, Mass.) at No. 36 for the women with a time of 19:27 .

The remaining top five finishers for Holy Cross was sophomore Timothy Murphy (Wayne, N.J.), who finished in the 54 spot with a time of 27:15, senior James Clifford (Haworth, N.J.) at No. 68 and a time of 27:29 with sophomore Stephen Kress (Portland, Maine) immediately behind in 69th place with a time of 27:30 and senior Brendan Kearney (Haddonfield, N.J.) placing 96th with a time of 27:57.

Senior Elizabeth Desmond (Portland, Maine) finished second for the Crusaders in the 36 spot with a time of 19:27 . Team captain Kathryn Thornton (Burbank, Calif.) ran a time of 19:42 , good enough for 43rd place. Juniors Brittany Chapman ( Haddonfield , N.J. ) and Megan Hyland ( Rye , N.Y. ) rounded out the Crusaders top five finishers, placing 71st with a time of 20:16 and 74th with a time of 20:18 .

Host Notre Dame claimed first for both the men's and women's individual races. Stephanie Media and Tim Moore were the meet's individual winners with times of 17:38 and 24:58, respectively.

The Fighting Irish swept both team races with the women placing five runners in the top 11 (No. 1, 2, 6, 8 & 11) with 28 points, and the men claiming seven of the top ten spots (No. 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 & 9) with 19 points.

The remaining top five women's teams were DePaul with 87 points, Gonzaga finishing third with 164, Bellarmine with 168 points and Xavier with 199.

Rounding out the top five men's teams were second place Gonzaga with 106 points, Xavier with 139, Dayton in fourth place with 156 points and DePaul with 176.

The Crusaders return to action when they travel to Orono , Maine for the Murray Keatinge Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 2.