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    Oct. 9, 2004

    Complete Results

    By Jeff Honza

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - Both the Southern Illinois University men's and women's cross country teams finished in the same spots they did a year ago earlier today in the Saluki Invitational. The men took their second straight Saluki Invitational title, while the women garnered their second consecutive runner-up finish.

    SIU's men's squad took over the 8K race thanks to Joe Byrne, Eli Baker and Diarmuid Grant who were the Salukis' top-three finishers. Byrne ran a 24:50.02 en route to his third individual title of the season, while Baker posted a 25:14.61 and Grant registered a 25:16.09.

    Tony LaChiana's 25:41.46 was also good enough for a top-10 finish, as he placed seventh.


    SIU accumulated 24 points, while Indiana State (66), Washington University-St. Louis (90), SE Missouri State (126) and Illinois State (155) completed the top-five.

    Brittani Christensen paced the Saluki women by finishing fourth with a time of 17:53.25. Lindsay Wagner (16th), Cherylynn Schilling (19th) and Shelby Brice (20th) also finished in the top-20. Wagner ran a time of 18:31.46, Schilling posted a mark of 18:40.58 and Brice clocked a 18:43.32.

    The women's 5K race, which consisted of 109 runners, was dominated by the University of Illinois, who had five of the first seven individual placewinners. Cassie Hunt was the individual champion with a 17:05.30, while her teammate, Jaime Turilli, followed in second with a 17:25.72.

    The Fighting Illini compiled a total of 21 points, while SIU (82), Indiana State (89), Washington University-St. Louis (121) and Arkansas-Little Rock (151) rounded out the top-five.