Cross Country Performs Well At Baylor Twilight
Both Teams Finish 2-0 In Dual Matches
North Texas vs. Baylor
North Texas vs. Texas State
WACO - The North Texas cross country teams had to wait out a lightning delay before opening the 2016 season with a strong showing at the Bear Twilight Invitational Thursday night.
Due to a lightning delay, the men's team was forced to run a shortened 4k race instead of a 6k to finish before darkness. The results were also changed to separate dual meets with the men's team defeating Baylor (20-35) and Texas State (23-32). The women's team went 2-0 after defeating TCU (26-31) and Texas State (15-48).
"I thought the first meet went really well considering the shorten race for the men's team due to lightning," cross country coach Stefanie Slekis said. "It was a great start for freshman Florian Lussy after finishing first and senior James Coleman coming in second on the men's side. The women's team had a strong showing with sophomore Susannah Lynch and junior Christina Moralez leading the way."
The women's team ran a scheduled 4k race as Lynch came in 10th with a time of 14:24.8 and Moralez was 15th at 14:36.1. Senior Susie Kemper finished 24th with a time of 15:10.8 and junior Brittany White was 28th at 15:12.8. Senior Kylee Kittrell completed the scoring in 30th touching in at 15:15.4.
The men's team was led by freshman Florian Lussy, who came in first (12:13.7) in his Mean Green debut. Senior James Coleman finished second with a time of 12:15.5 and junior Mike Lowe touched in fifth at 12:22.1. Sophomore Alex Cleveland was 12th with a time of 12:31.7 and sophomore Kyle Maloney was 13th at 12:32.5 to complete the top five.
1. North Texas 26
2. TCU 31
1.North Texas 15
2.Texas State 48
1. North Texas 20
2. Baylor 35
1.North Texas 23
2.Texas State 32
Next up for North Texas
The Mean Green will travel in-state to the Gerald Richey Invitational Sept. 10 hosted by UT-Arlington starting at 8 a.m.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
-Lussy opened his freshman season with his first first-place finish
-The men's team ended up running a 4k, which was half the distance of the C-USA championship meet (8k)
-Freshmen Tim Jones (20th) and Hayden Murphy (23rd) made their North Texas debuts
-Freshmen Jennifer White (34th), Tori Valka (44th), Kacie Jo Corbin (62nd), Kacie Mayberry (73rd) and Darrian Johnson (74th) ran their first collegiate races
-Sophomore transfer Kellee McCann finished 40th in her Mean Green debut