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Off to a running start ...

         The SIUE men and women's cross country team got their seasons off to a good start with the first home meet on Saturday.
         "I was very pleased," said SIUE cross country Coach Darryl Frerker. "Both the top five men and women ran better than one minute to a minute and a half faster than in the first race last year. It shows that we are a better team this year, and we hope to continue this into our conference and regional meets."
         The women's team finished first as a team. Amanda Bozue (Joliet) placed second in the 5,000-meter race in a time of 19 minutes, 54.59 seconds. She was followed by teammates Breanne Steffens (Moline), Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio), Mary Witte (Normal) finished sixth and Maria Ewersmann (St. Paul, Mo.).
         "We had more runners further up," said Frerker. "We want to keep it that way. We are working hard and running fast."
         The SIUE men's team finished second to Truman State.
         Jason Olszowka (Lockport) led the Cougars in the 8,000-meter race in a time of 27:22.74.
         Tyler Krauss (Freeburg) and Ryan Boyll (Normal) were the next SIUE runners in the chute finishing ninth and tenth with time of 27:29.07 and 27:48.49, respectively.
         "There were no big surprises in the race, "said Frerker. "Everyone was where they were supposed to be."
         This weekend the team travels to Purdue for the first time. The following weekend they travel to Illinois State. "These next two are NCAA Division I schools and will help to prepare us, give us some good competition and get us up to where we should be," said Frerker.
         Men's Results
SIUE Open - 8,000 Meters
September 1, 2001
TEAM SCORES: Truman State 22, SIUE 54, Missouri-Rolla 55, MacMurray 120 CHAMPION: Ben Rosario, Truman State, 26:10.33
SIUE FINISHERS: 6. Jason Olszowka, 27:22.74; 9. Tyler Krauss, 27:29.07; 10. Ryan Boyll, 27:48.49; 13. Nick Campbell, 28:13.17; 18. Joshua Helton, 28:24.47; 20. David Owens, 28:30. 16; 23. David Droege, 28:44.32; 26. John Sadowski, 29:00.93; 30. Richard Skirball, 29:23.58; 35. Steve McNamer, 29:52.88; 37. Robert Old, 30:06.83;39. John Carl Rosario, 30:09.60.

Women's Results
SIUE Open - 5,000 Meters
September 1, 2001
TEAM SCORES: SIUE 16, Missouri-Rolla 57, Maryville 65, MacMurray 104, St. Louis College of Pharmacy 116.
CHAMPION: Erica Blattenberger, Unattached, 19:47.04
SIUE FINISHERS: 2. Amanda Bozue, 19:54.59; 4. Breanne Steffens, 20:12.74; 5. Carrie Carducci, 20:28.98; 6. Mary Witte, 20:35.35; 8. Maria Ewersmann, 22:05.67; 12. Natalie Kocher, 23:15.48; 18. Chenoa Glenn, 24:37.91.