Mean Green Placed Seventh At NCAA South Central Regional

Nov. 13, 2015

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COLLEGE STATION - The North Texas men's and women's cross country teams completed its season after racing in the NCAA South Central Regional championship.

"This was really exciting for Bryce (McAndrew) to finish all-region," cross country coach Stefanie Slekis said. "I was really proud of him for setting his goal becoming all-region after placing 33rd last season. The team had really high goals and trained really hard this fall. We will use this season to continue to get better each year."

Senior Bryce McAndrew led the team with a 17th place finish earning all-region and a new career high time of 30:39.0 in the 10k race. The Mean Green finished as a team in seventh place just behind Baylor at the NCAA Regional. Sophomore Mike Lowe continued his solid play coming in 47th with a time of 31:42.1. Senior Alexander Hita was 53rd with a time of 31:50.4. Junior Grady Frazier was 62nd coming in at 32:06.3 and junior Cody Campbell finished 72nd to round out the scoring at 32:23.6.

The women's team finished 13th out of 19 teams with junior Shauna Pali leading the team with a 59th place finish at 21:36.0. Sophomore Christina Moralez came in 64th (21:40.7) and senior Magdalena Escobar was 69th at 21:49.9. Senior Laura Cortez was 94th with a time of 22:38.4 and junior Kylee Kittrell rounded out the scoring in 103rd at 22:50.3.

"It was a building year for our women's team," added Slekis. We feel like we had good workouts but the results just weren't there. With such a young team, it gives us something to build upon for next year."

It was a successful season for both teams being ranked every week in the regional polls. The men's team received national votes for the first time in school history after upsetting Texas on the road at the UT Invitational Oct. 2.

Men (top 15)
1. Arkansas 51
2. Texas 69
3. Texas A&M 85
4. Lamar 95
5. SFA 139
6. Baylor 192
7. North Texas 238
8. UTA 253
9. McNeese State 259
10. Houston 285
11. Rice 297
12. Arkansas State 338
13. Central Arkansas 369
14. UTSA 394
15. Texas A&M CC 408

1. Arkansas 40
2. Texas 105
3. SMU 132
4. Baylor 134
5. Rice 145
6. SFA 155
7. Texas A&M 190
8. Lamar 190
9. UTA 267
10. McNeese State 280
11. Tulane 292
12. Houston 336
13. North Texas 356
14. Arkansas State 377
15. UTSA 395
16. Texas Rio Grande 418
17. Houston Baptist 446
18. Texas A&M CC 475
19. SE Louisiana 588

Next up for North Texas
The 2015 North Texas cross country season is complete and will have a couple months off before returning to compete in the Indoor track season starting Jan. 15.

Mean Green Quick Hits
-Sophomore Christina Moralez set a new personal best time of 21:40.7 in the 6k meet
-Senior Bryce McAndrew had his best finish at a Regional coming in 17th place
-Sophomore Mike Lowe also had his best finish at a Regional coming in 47th place
-Senior Alexander Hita set a new personal best time of 31:50.4 in the 10k race



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