2004 SEASON IN REVIEW
MEN
  • After never having qualified for the NCAA Championships prior to the 2003 season, the Georgia men's cross country team made it to NCAAs for the second consecutive season in 2004, finishing in 25th place.
  • Senior Simon Ngata closed out his Georgia career by registering Georgia's top individual effort at NCAAs with a sixth-place after a 10K time of 30:56.5. For the season, Ngata was Georgia's top individual finisher in each of the races he competed in for the Bulldogs. Other major accomplishments in 2004 included a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Regional meet with a career-best 29.44.39 and a third-place finish at the SEC Championships with a career-best 23:25.87 in the 8K.
  • Ngata, junior Mike Swope (15th place, 30:15) and sophomore Ian Burrell (20th, 30:32) earned All-Region accolades for their finishes at the South regional competition.
  • The Bulldogs finished third at the 2004 SEC Championships. Both Ngata (first-team) and Swope (second-team) earned All-SEC honors for Georgia.
WOMEN
  • The Georgia women's cross country team qualified for NCAAs for the first time since 1997 and finished in 24th place.
  • Georgia's top finisher at NCAA's was junior Lauren Burks. Her time of 21:47.6 in the women's 8K was good for 87th place. Other runners who contributed to Georgia's finish were sophomore Whitni Wonderlin, freshman Natalie Picchetti, sophomore Kristin Heffelfinger, and freshman Rebekah and Sarah Madebach.
  • Georgia's women's team earned an automatic berth to NCAAs after finishing in second place at the South Regional meet. Leading the way for Georgia was junior Jill Steffens, who finished third place with a time of 20:29. Also turning in strong performances at the meet were Wonderlin (eighth place, 21:18) and Burks (15th place, 21:36). Steffens, Wonderlin and Burks all earned All-Region honors.
  • Steffens' running was also key to Georgia's third-place finish at the SEC Championships. The Moline, Ill., native earned first-team All-SEC honors, finishing the women's 6K race with a career-best time of 20:46.91, which was good for second place.
  • Team's overall GPA placed it on Women's Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team.

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