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Beth Ahern Takes Victory, Tigers Finish Second

October 17, 1998

CLEMSON, S.C. – Junior Beth Ahern earned her first collegiate win at the Papa’s Pizza Invitational on Saturday in Cullowhee, NC, to lead Clemson to a second-place finish in the 1998 season-opener.

Ahern’s personal-best time of 18:01 marked the eighth-fastest time ever run on the course, tying Tiger Gail Goux’s time from 1990 and North Carolina All-American Karen Godlock’s time from 1993. Ahern earned top honors among the 121 competitors in the 5K race.

Clemson finished the race with 62 points, finishing second to Tennessee’s 34 points. Junior Julianne Littmann also placed in the top 10, finishing seventh with a time of 18:17, an improvement of 36 seconds off her time on the course last season.

Junior Shannon Schoppman’s personal-best time of 18:34 put her in 11th place, while Jennifer Meador placed 18th with a time of 19:09 to round out the Tigers’ top-20 finishers.