Looking to Break School Records and Set Personal Bests, the Mean Green Heads to California
Stefanie Slekis is in her second year as the North Texas cross country coach and the assistant coach for track and field in 2015.
In just her first two years as the cross country coach, Slekis led the Mean Green men’s team to its first Conference USA Championship, and the women to a third-place finish. Ten North Texas runners received all-conference individual honors. Charlotte Wilson was named to the Conference USA All-Academic team.
At the 2014 NCAA South Central Regional Championships, the men and women’s teams continued to surpass their previous rankings, placing within the top ten for the second year in a row, with the men’s team finishing fourth and the women’s team placing eighth. Charlotte Wilson earned individual all-region honors with her 13th-place finish, the highest finish for a female North Texas runner in the past 10 years. Troy Taylor, Alejandro Valencia, and Silvester Harrison also earned all-region honors. Troy Taylor placed eighth in the men’s 10K race, allowing him to compete in the NCAA Cross-Country National Championships.
In the 2014 indoor and outdoor track and field seasons, Slekis led the distance program and the squad set seven school records, including the men’s indoor distance medley relay, indoor 5,000m, and indoor 800m and the women’s indoor 5,000m, mile, and outdoor women’s 3,000m Steeplechase and 10,000m.
The Mean Green distance men recorded six top-eight finishes at the 2014 C-USA Indoor Championships, while the women’s side grabbed two runner-up finishes and an additional top-six finish. At the C-USA Outdoor Championships three athletes earned all-conference honors, placing in the top three in their events while two additional athletes scored team points in their events with top 8 finishes.
Troy Taylor and Charlotte Wilson went on to represent Mean Green distance at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary Round of the National Championship. Taylor competed in the Mmen’s 1500m while Wilson competed in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase. Wilson also recorded the fifth fastest women’s 3,000m steeplechase run by any female Australian athlete during 2014 with a time of 10:13.10.
Slekis spent the 2012-13 season as a volunteer assistant coach for Florida State’s women’s cross country and distance track program. During 2011-12, she served as a graduate assistant coach for the distance group at McNeese State, while completing her master’s degree at Arizona State.
In her undergraduate career, she competed for Syracuse University cross-country and track & field teams and she was a three-time Big East all-academic student-athlete, earning the Athletic Director’s honor-roll award all eight semesters.
Throughout her collegiate career, Slekis earned All-Big East honors twice as a senior, finishing eighth in the 3000-meters during the indoor season and fourth in the 3000-meter steeplechase in the outdoor season. Stefanie stood eighth in the NCAA East Region in steeplechase (10:20.68) and was a regional qualifier in the 10,000M (34:52.12.)
Her successful career started at Forest Park High School, where she earned 15 all-state honors in cross-country and track.