2015-16 Athletic SuccessNorth Texas boasts a history of stellar athletes and teams that includes national champions, Olympic medalists and Hall of Famers.
North Texas greats such as Abner Haynes, Don January, "Mean" Joe Greene, Hayden Fry, and Elmer and Delmer Brown charted a course that has been navigated over recent years by standouts Marilyn Marin, Chris Davis, Patrick Cobbs, Jalie Mitchell, Jamario Thomas, Casey Fitzgerald and many others.
Since 2001, Mean Green teams have been a part of five bowl games and have participated in NCAA postseason soccer, swimming, tennis, track and golf championships, as well as the NCAA basketball tournament twice.
North Texas won two conference championships in its third year in Conference USA. Individually, 42 Mean Green student-athletes were named all-conference during the 2015-16 school year and six Mean Green athletes received specialty conference awards. Two teams advanced to post-season play, one student-athlete individually competed at the NCAA Championship, and one student-athlete was named an All-American.
The Mean Green soccer team led the way, winning double titles. North Texas captured its second straight C-USA regular-season title and won its first C-USA tournament title. The Mean Green advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in program history. Rachel Holden was named C-USA Co-Offensive Player of the Year, while Karla Pineda was named midfielder of the year.
Carnae Dillard led the Mean Green volleyball team to a trip to the semifinals of the C-USA tournament. She repeated as C-USA Player of the Year and became only the second honorable mention All-American selection in team history.
The men's cross-country placed third at the conference championships led by four all-conference runners. Bryce McAndrew was named second-team all-conference and was all-region selection.
The Mean Green swimming and diving team concluded the 2015-16 season with a fourth-place finish at the Conference USA Championships, the best team finish since joining the league for the 2013-14 season.
The team earned all-conference honors in the 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 200 breaststroke, including a first-place finish for freshman Rebekah Bradley in the 200 backstroke, the first first-place finish for the program since joining the league. Mean Green swimmers and divers set two program records and posted 15 NCAA B time standards in four different events.
Claudia Kitching was named C-USA Co-Newcomer of the Year, while Averie Ruiz was named freshman diver of the year.
Spring Teams Were Also Successful
The Mean Green track teams sent eight athletes to the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas after solid indoor and outdoor seasons.
Eddie Wilcox won the high jump at the indoor championship, while Kevone Kennedy took first place in the discus.
Chastity Stewart capped her track career by holding the top five fastest times in the 400-meter hurdles and two of the five fastest times in the 100m hurdles. She became the second student-athlete and the first since 1980 to qualify for nationals in two events. She recorded two 22nd place finishes at the NCAA Championships.
The men's golf team finished third in the C-USA Championship after losing in the semifinals but still received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. It was the Mean Green's 35th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Thomas Rosenmuller placed third in the conference championship and was named to the all-tournament team and as well as receiving second-team all-conference all-freshman team honors. Ian Snyman was named C-USA Freshman of the Year and was also named second-team all-conference and was picked to the all-freshman team. Cory Churchman was named second-team all-conference.
The 2015-16 tennis season was one of growth as a talented group of freshmen contributed heavily to the North Texas tennis team's success. The Mean Green finished with a 13-10 record and a berth in the Conference USA semifinal round. On the year, North Texas earned a pair of ranked wins - most notably over No. 36 Oklahoma in February - and finished the year with a No. 68 ITA ranking of its own.
Freshman Tamuna Kutubidze and senior Agustina Valenzuela led the Mean Green with 13 singles wins in dual play. In what could be a glimpse into the potential of the Mean Green squad, Kutubidze and fellow freshman Maria Kononova each picked up first-team all-conference USA accolades while simultaneously combining for a first-team doubles selection. Senior Anastasiya Shestakova earned second-team all-C-USA honors, good for her third consecutive all-conference honor in the league. .