Cross Country Hosts Ken Garland Invitational Saturday
Women's Team Looks To Defend Title From Last Season
DENTON - The North Texas men's and women's cross country teams will host the Ken Garland Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 16, starting at 8:30 a.m. with the Dr. Victor Rodriguez men's collegiate four-mile race at North Texas Discovery Park.
The Mean Green will be competing with three other schools including, Oklahoma, Baylor, and Cameron University. The meet will begin with the Northwest high school invitational starting at 7:30 a.m.
"This weekend we are running some upperclassmen that didn't participate in the season opener," cross country coach Kevin Williams said. "Excited to have our team at full strength competing and this race will show how our teams have progressed these last few weeks. This is a smaller field but it will give us a chance to practice how we will run during our conference meet."
The women's team earned their first Ken Garland Invitational title since 2010 last season after scoring 42 points to defeat TCU, Oklahoma, Baylor, UT Arlington, and Abilene Christian. All five North Texas runners finished inside the top-15 to claim the victory. Junior Susannah Lynch finished first and senior Christina Moralez was fifth.
The men's team placed third after Alex Cleveland came in eighth and Mike Lowe finished 10th. Sophomore Florian Lussy will be running the home meet for the first time and freshman standout Jack Beaumont will provide a boost to the men's squad.
The 2017 Ken Garland Invitational has a new venue at North Texas Discovery Park, located just north of the main campus on U.S. Highway 77.