The Mean Green has several new faces in the coaching department, including Stefanie Slekis, the new cross-country coach.
Slekis arrived this summer and inherits two solid teams. The men's team placed second at the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Championships, while the women were runner-ups at the 2011 championship.
The men started off the season fast with a first-place finish at the Bear Twilight Invitational on August 30. The men and women continue the season with a meet at UTA on Saturday, Sept. 14.
North Texas also hosts two meets this season. The annual Ken Garland Invitational is set for Saturday, Sept. 28, and the Mean Green will host the Conference USA Championships on November 2.
Stefanie Slekis begins her first year as the North Texas cross country coach and the assistant coach for track and field in 2013.
In just her first year as the cross-country coach, Slekis led the Mean Green men's team to a second-place finish and the women to a third at the Mean Green's first Conference USA Championship. Eight runners earned all-conference honors, and Jo Adams went on to earn all-region honors for the second straight year.
At the NCAA South Central Regional Championships, the men and women's teams posted their highest finishes in the last 10 years. It was also their first Top 10 team finish in the past 10 years with the men recording a sixth-place finish and the women in ninth.
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.