Sept. 30, 2011
SOUTH BEND, Ind. --- Georgia senior Kristie Krueger finished 17th overall in the women's 5k to highlight the Notre Dame Invitational on the school's golf course in South Bend, Ind., on Friday afternoon.
With winds hovering around 20 miles per hour with temperatures in the low 50s, Krueger's finish helped propel the Lady Bulldogs to an 18th-place finish (421). The Georgia men had two individual finishers in the two 50 to take 13th (340) in the 8k race.
Florida State won the women's side after scoring 54 points while Arkansas (116), New Mexico (164), Penn State (188) and Notre Dame (210) finished behind the Seminoles. BYU (46) wrapped up the men's victory with Florida State (93), Princeton (138), Stanford (202) and Washington State (205) finishing second through fifth, respectively.
"Kristie felt pretty good going through the first 3k and ended up finishing about where she should have for her first meet back," said Bulldog distance coach Jeff Pigg. "This is her first competitive race since last year's NCAA Championships where she was pushed so Kristie has nothing to be dissatisfied with in this one. I also thought (Leslie) Boozer and (Ashley) Shiver had really good races. I think we got better today and I am looking forward to seeing where this group can go. No one was satisfied with this performance."
After hanging with the top three for the first portion of the race, Krueger clocked a 17:23 to finish 17th. Boozer followed her up with a 72nd-place finish after crossing the finish line in 17:57. The Lady Bulldogs' third finisher was Ashley Shiver, after taking 90th with a time of 18:09.
For the men, senior Matt Cleaver improved his 2009 finish at the Notre Dame meet by more than 20 spots. Cleaver clocked a 24:50 to take 38th place as junior Brett Richardson rallied to finish 50th place with a time of 24:54. Sophomore Brandon Lord, who was third in the season-opening Georgia Invitational, finished 67th with a mark of 25:10.
Junior Brian Detweiler was the Bulldogs' fourth finisher after completing the Notre Dame course in 25:19. Georgia's fifth and final finisher was sophomore Luke Baker, who led the Bulldogs for the first time at his career two weeks ago. Baker was 104th after clocking a time of 25:30.
"Our men's teams is on the cusp of doing what we want to accomplish," Pigg said. "This meet wasn't exactly what we wanted, but we got to see where we are and who we can be. I thought our top three had good performances in their second meet. I think this meet indicated that if we have a small improvement, we'll be in business."
Georgia returns to action at the Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wisc., on Saturday, Oct. 14.
1. Matt Cleaver - 38th - 24:50
2. Brett Richardson - 50th - 24:54
3. Brandon Lord - 67th - 25:10
4. Brian Detweiler - 85th - 25:19
5. Luke Baker - 104th - 25:30
1. Kristie Krueger - 17th - 17:23
2. Leslie Boozer - 72nd - 17:57
3. Ashley Shiver - 90th - 18:09
4. Savannah Kirk - 119th - 18:23
5. Anna Bowles - 123rd - 18:24
Team Scores (top five)
1. BYU (46)
2. Florida State (93)
3. Princeton (138)
4. Stanford (202)
5. Washington State (205)
13. GEORGIA (340)
1. Florida State (54)
2. Arkansas (116)
3. New Mexico (164)
4. Penn State (188)
5. Notre Dame (210)
18. GEORGIA (421)