Mean Green Cross Country Receiving National Votes

Oct. 6, 2015


DENTON –The North Texas men’s cross country team earned another milestone this season becoming the first team in school history to be receiving national poll votes announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

“It means a lot to our men’s team to receive votes in the national poll,” said cross country coach Stefanie Slekis. “The men have been focused on making the national championship for the past two years and they knew it would be a long process to get there so finally having recognition that they are getting close to their goal is a big step. We still need to show we can race well at larger meets and perform on the day at the regional meet, but this is still a huge accomplishment for a program that has never qualified for an NCAA Cross Country Championship.”

Coming off a one-point victory at the Texas Longhorn Invitational last week, the men’s team was honored with three votes in the top 30 national poll this week. The Texas Longhorns, who lost their home meet to the Mean Green, moved up to No. 30 in the poll.

The men’s team remained third in the South Central regional poll just behind Texas (No. 30) and Arkansas (No. 13). Sophomore Mike Lowe had a stellar race leading North Texas to their third victory of the season after placing third with a time of 25:25.4. It was Lowe’s third best time in an 8k run falling short of his Conference USA championship time of 25:14.0.

North Texas had five runners in the top 15 in Austin with junior James Coleman finishing sixth (25:34.4), senior Bryce McAndrew touching in seventh (25:37.3), junior Cody Campbell came in 11th (25:54.10) and senior Silvester Harrison III beating out the Longhorns’ fifth runner in 13th (25:59.2).

“The team has been training and racing with confidence since last season in smaller meets where there are really only four teams competing to win out of the 10 teams in the race,” said Slekis. “I think this recognition will be the final push they needed to go out and race with that same level of confidence at a larger meet like Pre-Nationals in less than two weeks where there are 10-20 really competitive teams all vying to score at large points.”

The women’s squad bounced back with a third-place finish at the Texas Invitational behind two top 15 finishers in senior Magdalena Escobar (18:52.7) and junior Shauna Pali (19:09.2). In the South Central regional rankings, the women moved up two spots to 10th.

2015 Cross Country National Poll

Rank

Institution (FPV)

Points

Record

Region

Conference

Cross Country Coach

Last Week

1

Colorado (12)

360

1-0

Mountain

Pac-12

Mark Wetmore (21st)

1

2

Syracuse

343

20-0

Northeast

ACC

Chris Fox (11th)

3

3

Oregon

331

10-0

West

Pac-12

Robert Johnson (4th)

5

4

Stanford

324

19-1

West

Pac-12

Chris Miltenberg (4th)

2

5

Iona

311

20-0

Northeast

Metro Atlantic

Ricardo Santos (8th)

8

6

Oklahoma State

295

5-0

Midwest

Big 12

Dave Smith (10th)

6

7

Virginia

274

15-0

Southeast

ACC

Peter Watson (4th)

9

8

Michigan

268

19-1

Great Lakes

Big Ten

Kevin Sullivan (2nd)

10

9

BYU

267

8-2

Mountain

West Coast

Ed Eyestone (16th)

12

10

Georgetown

257

17-0

Mid-Atlantic

Big East

Michael Smith (1st)

14

11

Wisconsin

223

14-6

Great Lakes

Big Ten

Mick Byrne (8th)

4

12

Villanova

209

16-1

Mid-Atlantic

Big East

Marcus O’Sullivan (16th)

7

13

Arkansas

191

14-0

South Central

SEC

Chris Bucknam (8th)

15

13

UTEP

191

19-0

Mountain

Conference USA

Paul Ereng (13th)

RV

15

Michigan State

171

21-0

Great Lakes

Big Ten

Walt Drenth (12th)

16

16

Indiana

158

9-0

Great Lakes

Big Ten

Ron Helmer (9th)

19

17

Louisville

150

18-2

Southeast

ACC

Dale Cowper (3rd)

RV

17

NC State

150

18-1

Southeast

ACC

Rollie Geiger (38th)

27

19

Mississippi

143

17-3

South

SEC

Ryan Vanhoy (3rd)

13

20

UCLA

136

7-3

West

Pac-12

Mike Maynard (7th)

11

21

Oklahoma

134

14-1

Midwest

Big 12

Jason Dunn (3rd)

21

22

California

128

23-4

West

Pac-12

Tony Sandoval (24th)

25

23

Colorado State

97

35-5

Mountain

Mountain West

Art Siemers (4th)

26

24

Furman

89

13-2

Southeast

Southern

Robert Gary (4th)

20

25

Southern Utah

76

36-4

Mountain

Big Sky

Eric Houle (24th)

23

26

Iowa State

73

8-0

Midwest

Big 12

Martin Smith (3rd)

22

27

Princeton

38

8-1

Mid-Atlantic

Ivy

Jason Vigilante (4th)

NR

28

Columbia

28

14-0

Northeast

Ivy

Dan Ireland (2nd)

NR

29

Air Force

24

6-4

Mountain

Mountain West

Ryan Cole (2nd)

NR

30

Texas

23

20-1

South Central

Big 12

Mario Sategna (3rd)

RV


Others Receiving Votes: Illinois 19, Georgia 11, Northern Arizona 10, Boise State 10, Eastern Kentucky 10, Tulsa 10, Arizona State 9, Dartmouth 9, Virginia Tech 8, Washington 7, Florida State 6, North Texas 3, Purdue 3, Providence 2, Eastern Michigan 2, New Mexico 1


 

 

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