North Texas Cross Country Takes Down Ranked Texas
Men's Team Claims Third Title, Women Places Third
AUSTIN – The North Texas men’s cross country team continues to have a stellar season winning the UT Invitational taking down Texas who was ranked No. 31 in the nation Friday night. The women’s team bounced back with a third place finish.
“We wanted this head-to-head competition against Texas this week,” cross country coach Stefanie Slekis said. “We felt like this course setup well to our strengths. It is really nice to fall on the right side of the one point result. This is really good momentum going into the Pre-National meet.”
Sophomore Mike Lowe led the Mean Green with a third-place finish with a time of 25:25.40 falling just four seconds from first place. The New Zealand native felt right at home on the hilly course conditions that led to his best finish of the season.
“It was a pretty good course and It felt like the New Zealand courses I run back home,” said Mike Lowe. “The whole team stepped up really well as the plan was to come in and run as a pack. We are really hungry as a team to catch Texas and it was a great team result today.”
Junior James Coleman came in sixth place with a time of 25:34.40 in the 8,000 meter run. Senior Bryce McAndrew was three seconds after Coleman in seventh place at 25:37.30. Junior Cody Campbell ran his best race of the season with a 11th place finish at 25:54.10. Senior Silvester Harrison III rounded out the scoring for North Texas with a 13th place finish at 25:59.20.
With two miles to go in the meet, Harrison made a big move to take the lead in the race eventually holding on to finish 13th. The Mean Green finished with a team score of 40 edging the Longhorns by one point.
The women’s squad bounced back with a third-place finish behind Texas and UT Arlington. Senior Magdalena Escobar led the team with a sixth-place showing coming in at 18:52.70. Junior Shauna Pali finished just outside the top-10 with a 11th place finish with a time of 19:09.20. Freshman Cassidy Adams had her best race of the season coming in 16th with a time of 19:32.20. Sophomore Christina Moralez came in 20th (19:37.20) and senior Laura Cortez was 34th to complete the scoring.
“The women’s team knew it was a tougher course coming in,” Slekis said. “The team really improved this week in our third place finish. We are really excited for our women to keep getting better and they are right on track where we want to be.”
1. Texas 23
2. UT Arlington 71
3. North Texas 86
4. USTA 116
5. TCU 118
6. Sam Houston State 127
7. Texas A&M-CC 145
1. North Texas 40
2. Texas 41
3. UT Arlington 70
4. Sam Houston State 116
5. UTSA 124
6. Texas A&M-CC 133
7. TCU 215
Next up for North Texas
The Mean Green will have two weeks to prepare for the Pre-National Invitational hosted by Louisville Saturday, Oct. 17.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
-The men’s team has won three races this season (Baylor Twlight, Ken Garland Invitational and UT Invite.)
-Cody Campbell had his highest finish (11th) in a cross country meet
-Third time this season that Shauna Pali and Magdalena Escobar have both finished in the top-10
-Men’s team defeated No. 2 in the region Texas and they were ranked No. 31 nationally