Huskie women's soccer squad lets chances slip away as Akron putsk finishing touches on 3-0 win (10/3)

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October 3, 2003

WOMEN'S COLLEGIATE CROSS COUNTRY--Northern Illinois University at Notre Dame Invitational / at Notre Dame, IN / University of Notre Dame / Burke Memorial Golf Course / Five-Kilometer Course / Friday / October 3, 2003

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY at NOTRE DAME INVITATIONAL / at Notre Dame, IN

Team Placing:
1. Wisconsin-Oshkosh 96
2. Calvin College 101
3. Alabama-Birmingham 113
3. Valparaiso 120
5. Hillsdale College 127
6. Malone College 170
7. Youngstown State 175
8. St. Francis (PA) 211
9. Northern Illinois 212
10. Notre Dame "B" 244
11. Windsor College 273
12. IUPU-Fort Wayne 287
13. Michigan State "B" 340
14. Wisconsin-Green Bay 411
15. Anderson 422
16. Arkansas State 433
17. Wright State 448


Northern Illinois Placewinners:
26) Alicja Czajka, 18:58; 35) Michelle Rhoden, 19:06; 36) Christina Nieto, 19:06; 50) Emily Ramsey, 19:23;
65) Jessica Schauff, 19:35

Other NIU finishers:
66) Bonnie Miller, 19:35


CZAJKA RUNS FIRST SUB-19-MINUTE TIME OF SEASON, LEADS CROSS COUNTRY TO NINTH AT NOTRE DAME
NOTRE DAME, IN --- Junior Alicja Czajka (Swarzedz, Poland / Poznan) cracked the 19-minute barrier for the first time this season, running an 18:58 to lead the Northern Illinois University women's cross country team to a ninth-place finish at the Notre Dame Invitational Friday (Oct. 3).

Czajka---who owns three of the top ten five-kilometer times in NIU history---placed 26th overall and knocked an incredible 55 seconds off her season-best time.

"Its good for Alicja's hard work to finally start paying off," Huskie head coach Shantel Twiggs noted. "She had a rough summer training period where she had to deal with some injuries. Right now, we are trying to get her back to the point where she is running everyday , and things are starting to fall back into place."

Picking up some of the slack during Czajka's slow start to the season has been sophomore Christina Nieto (South Elgin / Elgin). Nieto posted a career-best effort for the second time this season, entering the chute at 19:06 to take home 36th-place honors. Junior Michelle Rhoden (Joliet / West) ran the same exact time to earn the 35th position just ahead of her teammate.

"This was a major step for Christina," Twiggs explained. "She is also still trying to build her miles right now, and this was really big for her in that respect."

Emily Ramsey (Waukesha, WI / West)---who posted the fastest Huskie time in each of NIU's first two meets---finished Burke Memorial Golf Course's five-kilometer spread in 19:23 to place 50th. Fellow freshman Jessica Schauff (Dixon) and sophomore Bonnie Miller (Plainfield) put up identical 19:35 efforts to come in just behind Ramsey in the 65th and 66th spots, respectively.

Running in the women's Gold Division---the first race of the day---Northern Ilinois tallied 212 team points, finishing ahead of the University of Notre Dame's "B" squad as well as Michigan State University's "B" team. The Huskies also placed ahead of fellow Division-I compeitors Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

"Our results today tell me that we are definitely moving in the right direction," Twiggs added. "We are just going to try and get everyone healthy, and we should see some big improvements at the Mid-American Conference Championships in a few weeks."

The Huskies head to Lisle, IL, next Friday (Oct. 10) for the Benedictine Eagle Invitational---an event NIU won last season. The six-kilometer event is one of just two more tune-ups NIU has prior to conference summit on November 1. Runners take to the starting line at 5:00 p.m.

-30- -Copy by Brian Kedzior


 

 

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