Skieresz leads women to 2nd place finish, men place 3rd

By Joel Flom
Arizona Daily Wildcat
September 30, 1996

Sophomore Amy Skieresz won the women's individual title and junior Bob Kenio took second on the men's side as the Wildcats competed at the Mountain West Classic in Missoula, Mont.

Skieresz, the defending champion at the Classic, ran the second fastest time ever for this 6,000-meter event at the University of Montana Golf Course. She ran a time of 20:22 and finished 1 minute and 5 seconds ahead of the second place finisher, Courtney Pugmire of Brigham Young.

Overall, the women were able to place second in the field of 15 teams. BYU took home the team title, scoring 24 points. Arizona had a score of 58, placing four runners in the top 15. Last year, the women won the Classic, beating out the Cougars.

"Our women ran a good race today. It was a very good meet between two teams. BYU is ranked fourth and we are 11th. We had a good team performance," head coach Dave Murray said.

Following Skieresz, sophomore Emily Nay placed sixth (21:50), freshman Kristen Parrish was 11th (22:21), junior Virginia Cumacho was 13th (22:24), senior Tone Bratteng placed 24th (22:47), senior Viola Schaffer was 39th (23:20) and senior Kelly Chavez took 46th (23:32).

"The only drawback our women had today was Viola Schaffer caught some bad cramps in her quads. She ended up walking the remaining 2,000-meters," Murray said. "Even if we had a good race out of Schaffer we probably could not have beat BYU, but it would have been closer."

Keino finished with a time of of 25:22 in the 8,000-meter course. For the second straight year he was runner up to Karl Keska of Oregon at the Classic.

Senior Jon Pillow had another strong showing, placing 12th with a time of 25:59. After Pillow, sophomore Jeff McLarty placed 24th (26:17), freshman Micheil Jones took 32nd (26:32), senior Chad Wenger was 41st (26:50), freshman Jeremy Lyon was 55th (27:22) and junior Jon Lansa was 75th (27:53).

Of the 17 teams that competed, the men placed third. The Wildcats actually finished with the same amount of points as BYU, but BYU was awarded second because their fifth place runner finished slightly ahead of Arizona's fifth place runner. Oregon took home the team title with 42 points. Arizona took third in this meet last year.

"I am pleased with the men's performance, we have a young team," Murray said. "There were a lot of national-caliber runners here."

The Wildcats will return to action on Oct. 12, running in the Murray Keatinge Invitational in Maine.