State Nabs Short Course Title

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State University women's cross country team finished the regular season on Friday afternoon with a win over Southern Miss at the MSU Short Course. Senior Zita Magloire broke a 3K course record en route to her win.

"It was a good tune up for next week," said women's head coach Al Schmidt. "USM is a good Conference-USA team. Our freshmen ran well. Zita (Magloire) broke a course record held by (Auburn's) Angela Homan, and that's not a bad record to break."

Magloire's time of 10 minutes, 5.98 seconds broke the MSU Cross Country Course record previously held by two-time SEC champion Angela Homan of Auburn.

Two other Maroon and White freshmen finished in the top five. Michelle Corrigan took second in 10:28.57, while Brittany Detzel finished fourth overall (third collegiately) in 10:35.26.

Sophomore Liz Grube (10:47.22, sixth), freshman Abbey O'Connell (10:55.88, seventh), freshman Nicole Rosetti (11:00.44, eight) and junior Joy Griffith (11:18.70, 10th) rounded out the top 10 finishers for MState.

As a team, the Lady Bulldogs posted 19 points compared to Southern Miss' 41. The win marks the first time during the 2005 campaign the Lady Bulldogs have won a team title.

Southern Miss' top finisher was senior Naomi Kiprotich who placed fifth overall in 10:38.92.

Both MSU squads travel to the 2005 Southeastern Conference Cross Country Championship scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29. The meet is being hosted by the University of South Carolina. The men's 8K race will begin at 9:30 a.m. ET, followed by the women's 6K at 10:30 a.m. ET. Both races will be held at the Hilton Field at Fort Jackson.

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