This Week in Blue Hens Athletics History

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University of Delaware Athletics takes a weekly look back at some of the more memorable dates in Blue Hen history.

Compiled by Zach Lopes, UD Student Intern

September 9, 2005

CROSS COUNTRY:  Delaware Women Take Team Title;  Men Place Second at Season-Opener at UNCW

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The University of Delaware men’s and women’s cross country squads got their 2005 seasons off on the right track as the Blue Hen women captured the team title and the UD men placed second at the Seahawk Classic hosted by UNC Wilmington.

Individually, Delaware sophomore P.J. Meany captured the men’s six kilometer race with a time of 18:48.86 while Blue Hen sophomore Colleen O’Brien, last year’s Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year, was the winner in the women’s five-kilometer race with a clocking of 18:02.46.

The Delaware women compiled a team score of 65 to take the team title, the program’s first since winning the Delaware Invitational Oct. 13, 2001. 

O’Brien captured her first career individual title and led the Blue Hens for the sixth straight meet since last season. She completed the course in 18:02.46, easily beating the runner-up by over 12 seconds. The Delaware women placed three runners in the top 20 as freshman Julia Somers placed sixth and junior Sari Weissbard was 11th. 

Meany achieved his third career men’s individual title as he completed the course in 18:48.86, a full 19 seconds over the runner-up. The Blue Hens placed seven runners in the top 20 with freshman Gregg Cantwell finishing fifth, Kyle Schmid was 12th, Tyler Mayforth was 13th, Mike Ward was 14th, Tim Brock was 19th, and Mike Hazeltine was 20th.