Keino takes men's title

The Associated Press

PRAIRIE GROVE, Ark. Arizona's Martin Keino won the individual title in the NCAA men's cross-country championship Monday, and Iowa State took overall honors, placing five runners in the top 19.

Arkansas, which had won the last four titles, finished 10th.

In the women's meet, Villanova overcame a string of injuries to win the championship, placing four of its runners in the top 23, including individual champion Jennifer Rhines and Rebecca Spies, who finished in third place.

Iowa State defeated Big Eight rival Colorado 65-88 to win the title. Arizona was third with 172.

"It's a good course, muddy and hilly," Keino said. "The hills didn't bother me. I had planned to make a move after four kilometers but the first two came so easy, I went ahead and made my move then.

"There wasn't much strategy after that," Keino said.

Colorado's Adam Goucher finished second in the 10-kilometer race.

"By the time I moved into second place, he was too far ahead of me," Goucher said. "I tried and made up some ground, but didn't have enough time left."

Keino finished in 30:08.7, nearly 10 seconds ahead of Goucher.

"I thought our top four would run better but they didn't have a good day," Arkansas coach John McDonnell said. "I'm not getting down on the guys because they've accomplished quite a bit over the last four years."

In the women's race on the five-kilometer course, Rhines' finish in 16:31.2 was 13 1/2 seconds faster than Amy Rudolph of Providence. Spies finished another 11 seconds back as Villanova beat Michigan 75-108 for the title.

"I hadn't seen Michigan all year so certainly I couldn't focus on them or Arkansas or Providence or Colorado," Villanova coach John Marshall said. "I just kept my focus on our team and was proud of the way we ran."

Rudolph said she nearly caught Rhines.

"As we were going up the last hill I thought I could kick past her, but she just kept going," Rudolph said. "It wasn't my day to win."

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