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Nov. 1, 2002

PROVO, Utah - Senior distance runner Jessica Zarndt (Las Vegas) turned in a career best seventh finish at the 2002 Mountain West Conference Cross Country Championships held Friday afternoon at the East Bay Golf Course.

In her final season at UNLV, Zarndt clocked in a career and season best time of 21 minutes, 42.60 seconds on the 6K championship course. Her top-10 finish garnered her first team all-conference honors, the only non-BYU runner to be named.

Sophomore Michele Suszek (Alpena, Mich.), who competed in her first conference championship meet, placed 31st with a time of 23:18.80, while teammate Kelley Wright (Houston, Texas) turned in a career best time of 24:36.20 for 33rd. Freshman Erin Hammond (Sandia Park, N.M.) also set a new personal best time of 25:28.70 for 60th.

In team scoring, the Rebels placed eighth with 190 points. Defending conference and national champion BYU won their fourth straight women's conference title with 15 points, while Kassi Andersen of BYU took top individual honors with a winning time of 20:55.20.

Zarndt, Suszek, Wright, O'Brien and Hammond will next compete at the NCAA West Regional hosted by Stanford on Saturday, Nov. 16 in Palo Alto, Calif. The top two teams and top four individuals to place at regionals will advance to the 2002 NCAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 25 in Terre Haute, Ind.

at 2002 Mountain West Conference
Cross Country Championships (6K)
East Bay Golf Course
Provo, Utah

WOMEN'S TEAM SCORING - 1, BYU, 15. 2, Colorado State, 63. 3, Air Force, 98. 4, Utah, 104. 5, Wyoming, 167. 6, New Mexico, 173. 7, San Diego State, 176. 8, UNLV, 190.

Participant Place Time Jessica Zarndt (Sr.) 7th 21:42.60 Michele Suszek (So.) 31st 23:18.80 Kelley Wright (So.) 33rd 24:36.20 Erin Hammond (Fr.) 60th 25:28.70 Colleen O'Brien (Fr.) 62nd 26:52.40 Monica Matute (So.) 63rd 27:20.50 Katie Hughes (Fr.) 64th 27:51.00 Lacey Bridges (Jr.) 65th 29:28.30



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