Zarndt One Step Closer
Nov. 16, 2002
PALO ALTO, Calif. - UNLV senior distance runner Jessica Zarndt (Las Vegas) made it one step closer to nationals after placing 15th at the 2002 NCAA Cross Country West Regional held Saturday afternoon at the Stanford Golf Course.
Zarndt, a local standout out of Cheyenne High School, recorded her highest career finish ever at regionals clocking in a time of 21 minutes, 57 seconds. Last season, the Rebels' top harrier placed 40th with a time of 23:01.60.
For the first time in school history, the Rebels scored as a team at regionals with 557 points for 22nd place. Sophomore Michele Suszek (Alpena, Mich.) finished 46th with a time of 22:55.00, followed by freshmen Colleen O'Brien (159th, 25:32.00), Erin Hammond (172nd, 26:17.00) and Katie Hughes (183rd, 27:34.00). In previous years, UNLV competed individually.
Stanford sophomore Alicia Craig won the 6K race in a winning time of 20:39.00, leading the Cardinal women to top team honors at the regional meet. Arizona State and UCLA claimed second and third respectively.
The top two teams and top four individuals qualified automatically for nationals. With her top 15 finish, Zarndt is in contention to receive an invitation for the national meet, to compete as an individual.
UNLV awaits individual field selection for the 2002 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships to be announced on Monday, Nov. 18. The national meet will then be held on Monday, Nov. 25 on the campus of host Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Ind.
at 2002 NCAA West Regional (6K) Stanford Golf Course Palo Alto, Calif.