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Anonymous | Posted: 27 Sep 2002 | Updated: 10 May 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 27, 2002) -- On the road to defending their title, the BYU women's cross country team won both their races at the Great American Classic Friday night in Charlotte, N.C. BYU's A Team had four runners in the top seven and finished with 44 points. Kassi Andersen finished first for BYU and second overall with a time of 17:57.1. Behind Andersen was Michaela Mannova. Andersen said she wanted to run with Mannova but then was surprised when she ended up finishing second. It rained for two days in North Carolina and Mannova said the course was a little muddy and slippery. "It was crazy, but we had fun." In sixth place was Breanne Sandberg and in seven, Nan Kennard. In the "A" Race Columbia University placed second and N.C. State place third. Head Coach Patrick Shane said, "We ran really well. We're were we want to be, I just wish it were November 25 [referring to the national championships]." The B Team also won the 5K "B" Race, with six runners finishing in the top eight, and a total score of 22 points. Katie Martin placed first with a time of 18:41.5. Kristen Ogden placed third and Tiffany Rust, Emily Mars, Jaime Cottle and Katie Moon finished fifth through eight, respectively. ADDITIONAL QUOTES: Coach Shane: "We were ready to go for both races. We ran away with it." "I hoped we wouldn't be so dominate because I don't like to be ranked first." "Kassi is one of the biggest surprise of the season and she will surprise many teams this season." "Breanne is running at an All-American level." "Michaela and Nan are both ahead of where they were last year."

Anonymous | Posted: 24 Sep 2002 | Updated: 24 Sep 2002

PROVO -- BYU men's and women's cross country teams are both on the road this weekend. The women's team will travel to Charlotte, N.C., to compete in the Great American Cross Country Festival, and the men's team will compete in the Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn.

The women's team is coming off a strong win at the BYU Autumn Classic and will run the 5K course Friday at 7:05 p.m. Eastern time. BYU will race an A Team and a B Team; each team includes seven athletes. The A Team will include All-Americans Nan Kennard and Michaela Mannova. Also racing with the A Team will be Kassi Andersen, Lisa Antonelli, Angela Benson, Amy Bair and Autumn Classic winner Breanne Sandberg. The B Team will consist of Jamie Cottle, Suzanna Larsen, Emily Mars, Katie Martin, Katie Moon, Kristen Ogden and Tiffany Rust.

The men's team will race Saturday at noon local time in the 8K Gold Race. The Division I men's race will include about 300 runners and is one of the largest meets the team will run in this year. Athletes running for the men will be Matt Adams, Steve Barrus, Andy Carman, Chad Durham, Dan Hinkley,Jeff Hopkinson, Lewis Jones, Autumn Classic winner Kip Kangogo, Lars Kjerengtreon, Bryan Lindsay, Kyle Perry and Nathan Robison.

Both the men's and women's races will count toward at large bids to the NCAA Championships.