Terps Cross Country Races To Solid Finishes At Indiana State Invitational

Oct. 5, 2002

Terra Haute, Ind. -- Continuing a season of great improvement, the Maryland men's and women's cross country teams kept the momentum rolling with strong team performances against some of the nation's best at Saturday's Indiana State Invitational in Terra Haute, Ind.

On the men's side, the team finished a respectable 11th out of the 20 teams competing with a total of 275 points. The top spot was grabbed by Colorado State with a commanding victory by 25 points over Indiana.

Leading the men were sophomores Adam Ambrus (Shamong, N.J.) and Mike Fleg (Clarksville, Md.) who finished 36th and 37th respectively. Ambrus' time of 25:27.8 marked the third time in the three meets he has competed in this season that he has posted the team's fastest time. Fleg trailed close behind Ambrus posting a time of 25:29.1.

The women's team placed seventh out of the 20 teams competing with 220 total points. Arkansas claimed the overall team victory with 45 points, besting second-place Michigan by 29 points.

Pacing the Terps was freshman Katie Purcell (Coraopolis, Pa.) who finished 21st overall with a new career-best time of 22:03.4. It was the third time in four meets this season Purcell was the Terps leading runner.

Joining Purcell at the top of the Maryland leader board was freshman Cori Koch (Lutherville, Md.) who finished 39th with a time of 22:31.2 and freshman Allison Carney (Las Vegas, Nev.), who built off a strong performance at last week's Paul Short Invitational to finish 41st with a time of 22:39.1.

The Terps will have a week off before hosting the Maryland Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 19. It will serve as the final tune-up for the teams before going to Atlanta, Ga. to race in the ACC Championships on Nov. 2.

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