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UA and Pima shine at Dave Murray Invitational

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TUCSON, AZ -

The University of Arizona Wildcat men's and women's cross country teams hosted the 2014 Dave Murray Invitational on Friday at Del Urich Golf Course.

Both the men and women earned first-place finishes, led by sophomore Collins Kibet for the men and senior Kristina Aubert for the women.

The men's 4.25-mile race was first on the day and Kibet won with a time of 21:15.00. Kibet won the Invitational last year during his freshmen season with a time of 21:28.86.

Overall, the men's team won the Division I section with a total of 25 points. Northern Arizona took second place with 49 points. Arizona State had 77 points in third place and Arizona Christian finished in fourth place tallying 125 points.

“I think we did really well,” head coach James Li said. “This is an early season meet that makes it good for us to get some good training in on our home course. I think, compared to last year, we actually did better. And everybody is getting done what they are supposed to be getting done on both the men's and women's side.”

On the women's side, the Wildcats won the race conquering the first six spots in Friday's race. Dominating the race today was senior Kristina Aubert, who took first place with a time of 16:40.00 in the three-mile race.

The women's team won the Division I section with 15 points overall. Northern Arizona's tally of 49 points was good for second place. Arizona State finished with 100 points in third place and Arizona Christian totaled 112 points in fourth place.

“It was great having Molly (Callahan) back,” said Coach Li. “She is a great contributor and can do a lot for this team.”

The Wildcats next meet takes them to Earlysville, Va., where they will be competing in the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational.

Meanwhile The Pima Aztecs men's team, who are ranked No. 8 in the nation, took fifth place out of eight teams with a team score of 130 and were the top JUCO team of the race.

This was the first time in over 10 years the Aztecs have beaten Paradise Valley Community College in points. Paradise Valley tied for sixth with Mesa Community College at 147 points.

Ahmed Mohamed (Rincon HS) was the top finisher for the Aztecs with a 16th place finish out of 70 competitors with a time of 22 minutes, 36.00 seconds in the 4.25-mile race.

The Aztecs women's team, who are ranked No. 5 in the nation, was also the top JUCO team as they finished in fifth place out of eight teams with a team score of 143 points.

This was the first time this season that Shanice Alchesay (Alchesay HS) was the top finisher for the Aztecs as she placed 27th out of 66 competitors with a time of 19:04 in the three-mile race.

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