The Mean Green Men Win First Again at the Ken Garland Invitational
North Texas Cross Country Outran the Competition, With Men Placing First and Women Coming in Third
Ken Garland 2014 Full Results
DENTON- The Mean Green cross-country team dominated the Ken Garland Invitational, with the men's team winning first for the second year in a row.
The North Texas men placed five-for-five among the D1 runners. Junior Troy Taylor led the pack with his second first-place finish of the year and a time of 19:39.21. Right behind him were senior Alejandro Valencia with a time of 19:52.09, and junior Silvester Harrison with a time of 20:10.86.
Mean Green Head Cross Country Coach Stefanie Slekis said "On the men's side, the plan was to get in a really good hard effort, they pressed the pace a little more than I wanted, but we ran really strong all the way."
"We are going to stick to the plan. We are really well-prepared, coming in and racing against some of the best teams at the Chile Pepper in Arkansas next week will set us up really well for the conference meet," said Slekis.
The women finished in third overall with senior Charlotte Wilson coming in third place with a time of 17:52.02. Junior Magdalena Escobar placed 13th with a time of 18:39.83. Sophomore Shauna Pali was right behind her, earning 14th with a time of 18:41.18.
"I think the women are looking strong to compete at the conference meet and finish in the top three," said Slekis. "We finished where we were ranked to finish, the women put in a really hard session on Monday and were able to come back from it, that is a good sign for the Chile Pepper."
The Mean Green will continue to prepare for the Conference USA Championships by racing in the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival next Saturday in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
- This is Troy Taylor's second first-place finish this season. He also earned first-place at Baylor's Twilight Invitational earlier this season.
- At last year's Ken Garland, men placed first and women came in second.
- The Mean Green will host to Conference USA Championships on the same course as the Ken Garland this Nov. 1.