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National Catholic Championships: Women Place Seventh, Men Place Third

NOTRE DAME, Ind. The DePaul men’s cross country team placed third at the 29th Annual National Catholic Championships, their strongest showing at the event to date.  Matthew Graham, for the third time this season, led the team with an 18th place finish in the five-mile race.  The women were paced in the 5K by Mary Cate Quiett, who placed 15th, to help her team finish seventh.

Graham crossed the finish line at 25:50 in a field consisting of 267 individuals.  Luke Rygh finished just behind him with a time of 25:55 to place 19th.  Finishing 24th and 25th were Jakub Kolacz and Rob Morgan, with times of 26:08 and 26:09.  Rounding out the top-five finishers for the Blue Demons was 29th place finisher Greg Udzielak, who posted a 26:20.

Quiett was DePaul’s top finisher for the second time this season with a 5K time of 18:38.  Terah Cheatham clocked in at 18:46 to place 22nd.  Kelly Pickering and Stephanie Hughes recorded times of 19:10 and 19:22, respectively, to place 36th and 48th.  Stacy Schmitz wrapped up the Blue Demon’s top-five with a 76th place finish at 19:49.

The DePaul men posted a score of 115 place thrid out of 33 squads.  This ties for the men's highest finish at the championships.  The women combined for a score of 189 and finished seventh among 35 teams.  Duquesne claimed the men’s title, posting a score of 44.  Winning the women’s competition was host Notre Dame, with a score of 21 .

The Blue Demons return to competition on Saturday, September 27 at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational.  The meet is held at Montrose Beach, on Chicago’s north side.