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Nov. 21, 2011

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The University of Tulsa men's cross country team finished 25th at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships Monday morning at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course located at Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind.

The No. 21-ranked Golden Hurricane tallied 580 points in its first trip to nationals since 2008. Junior Andrew Heyes paced Tulsa with an 86th-place finish, as he ran the 10K race in a career-best time of 30:41.7.

"Having that championship experience plays a big advantage to teams, and that's the one thing we didn't have coming into today's race," TU head coach Steve Gulley said. "We just didn't get it done like we wanted to. I think it was a lot to do with the inexperience of competing at this level."

Senior Paulo Pinheiro was right behind Heyes with a 90th-place finish in a career-best mark of 30:43.4. Fellow senior Tom Marshall placed 163rd with a mark of 31:23.3, while redshirt freshman Dennis Hodapp finished 193rd with a personal-best time of 31:42.3.

Junior Geraint Davies rounded out the team score with his 203rd-place finish. He crossed the line in 31:50.5

Senior Carl Stones (215th, 32:01.8) and junior Sam Masters (221st, 32:06.0) also ran for the Golden Hurricane.

"Today's result will help tremendously for next year," Gulley said. "I think the experience of being here sets up goals. They know what they have to do now to get where they want to be."

The 25th-place finish was the second highest in school history (13th in 2008, 29th in 2007).

Senior Paula Whiting competed as an individual in the women's race, placing 49th in a 6K time of 20:37. She improved tremendously from her 133rd-place finish last year, and was just nine spots shy of earning All-American distinction.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM RESULTS
1.	No. 1 Wisconsin (97)
2.	No. 2 Oklahoma State (139)
3.	No. 6 Colorado (144)
4.	No. 3 BYU (203)
5.	No. 5 Stanford (207)
6.	No. 4 Oklahoma (213)
7.	No. 7 Indiana (257)
8.	No. 8 Portland (259)
9.	No. 14 Iona (265)
10.	No. 10 N.C. State (282)
11.	No. 9 Texas (341)
12.	No. 11 Florida State (348)
13.	No. 16 Villanova (352)
14.	No. 13 Northern Arizona (374)
15.	No. 12 Syracuse (395)
16.	No. 19 Minnesota (441)
17.	No. 15 Georgetown (468)
18.	No. 22 Texas A&M (471)
19.	No. 17 Princeton (474)
20.	No. 17 Michigan (511)
21.	No. 27 Washington State (512)
22.	No. 26 Providence (530)
23.	No. 30 Ohio State (538)
24.	No. 25 Notre Dame (575)
25.	No. 21 TULSA (580)
26.	No. 19 Eastern Kentucky (589)
27.	No. 23 Columbia (591)
28.	No. 24 Cal Poly (680)
29.	Georgia (770)
30.	No. 29 Florida (780)
31.	No. 28 New Mexico (885)

TULSA MEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (out of 252 runners) 1. Andrew Heyes (86th) 30:41.7 2. Paulo Pinheiro (90th) 30:43.4 3. Tom Marshall (163rd) 31:21.3 4. Dennis Hodapp (193rd) 31:42.3 5. Geraint Davies (203rd) 31:50.5 6. Carl Stones (215th) 32:01.8 7. Sam Masters (221st) 32:06.0

TULSA WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (out of 254 runners) 1. Paula Whiting (49th) 20:37