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Review

While compiling dual-race records of 3-3 and 0-6, respectively, Wesleyan's men's and women's cross country teams gave a solid accounting of themselves during 1998. The men's final overall record from three dual meets, three invitationals and three regional affairs was 74-62, while the women came through with a respectable 56-74 posting.

At the season-ending New England Division III meet, the men finished 12th of 32 teams while running without the injured Mike Keating `99, who was consistently the team's no. 2 finisher in each of the first five events. His availability might have produced a top-10 placing for the Cardinals, as he was 41st at New Englands the year before. As it was, Wesleyan was paced by Greg Peterson `99, who finished 24th. He was Wesleyan's top finisher in virtually every race during the 1998 season. Others coming through for Wesleyan included Dan Lazarek `02 (72nd), Mike Fox-Boyd `01 (90th), Steve Staats `00 (111th) and Raul Lavarreda-Perez `00 (112th) as the team's scoring five. In all, 221 runners competed in the New England meet.

For the women, the top five runners were Maureen McMurray `01, Ava Gordinier `99, Angie Steward `00, Leah Samson `00 and Sara McMahon `99. These individuals composed Wesleyan's scoring five in almost every race with Ruth Goldstein `01 breaking into the mix toward season's end. McMurray was the team's most celebrated performer, placing 34th of 123 at the annual New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) meet and 41st of 229 at the New England Division III meet. At the 30-team Babson Invitational, McMurray had her finest outing, placing fourth of 221 competitors, while helping the team finish eighth. At the New Englands, Wesleyan came in 20th of 33 teams.