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11-17-04 Roth and Olding heading to cross country nationals

By Gary R. Rasberry

  In her three years at North Carolina State, success has been constant for Kris Roth.

  The former Celina running ace will head to her third straight NCAA National Cross Country Race after her Wolfpack team placed second at the District III meet held on the NC State Course at Raleigh.
  Roth placed ninth at the district meet, a week after earning her second All-Atlantic Coast Conference honor by placing 14th at the ACC meet as the Pack placed third behind fellow national powers, and Tar Heel State rivals, Duke and North Carolina.
  This year's national meet will be on Monday at Terre Haute, Indiana.
  Another former area star making the trip will not need to leave the state. Notre Dame freshman Sunni Olding placed sixth at the Great Lakes Regional held in Ypsilanti, Michigan.   Olding's finish gave the Irish a fourth straight top-two finish to earn the automatic berth to the nationals.
  Olding also is coming off a strong conference race, placing 12th at the Big East Championships held in Boston. Olding was the highest-placing freshman at the race, earning All-Conference honors. The Irish were denied a third straight conference title, losing to Providence.
  Another familiar area runner heading to the nationals is Auburn junior Angela Homan. The Spencerville grad is a favorite as she has won her last six races, including the Southeastern Conference championship and the South Regional race in Alabama.


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