Mean Green Cross Country Performs Well At Ken Garland Invitational
Men's Team and Taylor Defend Title, Women Places Third
DENTON - The North Texas cross country teams host their only meet of the season as the men's team came in first and the women placed third Saturday at the Eagle Point Cross Country Course.
"A really good race for both teams," head coach Stefanie Slekis said. "Our top two runners on the women's side kept the pace at the top and the men's team ran another controlled meet, we got a little ambitious but still finished ahead."
The women's team came away with a third place finish after running a 5k race. Junior Shauna Pali led the way with a third place finish with a time of 18:24.11. Pali ran her best time and finish here at the Ken Garland Invitational. Senior Magdalena Escobar came in sixth at 18:28.77, which was her highest finish in the home meet by over 11 seconds. Sophomore Christina Moralez touched in 15th (19:03.03), junior Kylee Kittrell was 18th (19:09.27) and freshman Catalina Uriate came in 24th with a time of 19:21.02
The men's team controlled the pace from the start and took home its second straight first place finish with 23 points. Senior Troy Taylor defended his title with a first place finish at 19:27.16 and junior James Coleman came in third with a time of 19:32.51. Senior Bryce McAndrew was fifth (19:37.64), sophomore Mike Lowe came in sixth (19:40.32) and senior Silvester Harrison III finished the scoring in seventh place (19:43.08).
"We are feeling more and more confident every week," Slekis said. "Both teams need to continue to keep getting better running in packs. I think Texas A&M will be the big test to see how the course runs for regionals."
Juniors Grady Frazier and Cody Campbell each had top 15 showings in the race. Frazier was 10th with a time of 19:58.15 and Campbell was 14th at 20:05.81.
1. Oklahoma 35
2. SMU 57
3. North Texas 69
4. TCU 82
5. Baylor 162
1. North Texas 23
2. Oklahoma 42
3. Baylor 75
4. TCU 168
5. Louisiana Tech 181
Next up for North Texas
The Mean Green will head to College Station to run in the Texas A&M Invitational Sept. 26.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
-The first place finish for Troy Taylor was his third for cross country and had a personal best time by 12 seconds.
-The men's team has won the Ken Garland Invitational three-straight years.
-All five top scorers on the women's team had personal bests in the home meet.
-Lowe had a career-best time of 19:40.32, beating his previous best by almost two minutes.