DENTON- The North Texas cross country teams battled brisk conditions at the Sun Belt Conference Championship as the men fought to a fifth place finish while the women placed seventh at the UNT Research Park.
"Our team surprised a lot of people today. Matt and Justin had real consistent performances today. The greatest surprise today came from our freshman Matt Teeter. He moved a great distance at the end," said North Texas cross country coach Joan Hansen. "I think that Dagmar and Kristen really showed a lot of strength today. Dagmar is still discovering a lot of her abilities".
On the men's side the Mean Green had two top 20 finishers lead by Matt Gieringer who finished in 13th place with a time of 27:37. Justin Kauffman also had a solid performance ending the race with a time of 27:57 to place 17th. Senior Mario Arroyave ended in 22nd place with a time of 28:14. Freshman Matt Teeter had a final time of 29:28 to finish the meet in 42nd place.
On the women's side Dagmar Salazar lead the way for North Texas with a time of 25:08 in the 6k race to end in 21st overall. Two-sport star Kristen Carsen also had a strong meet with a time of 25:37.
For the second consecutive year, the University of Arkansas-Little Rock swept the Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championship team titles. By placing all five runners in the top seven positions, the Trojan men’s squad ran past the field with a total of 21 points, while the Trojan women’s team finished with all five runners in the top 10, grabbing 29 team points.
UALR’s Brent Corbitt, the meet’s Most Outstanding Male Performer, took home the individual title with a time of 25:43 over the 8,000-meter course. Leah Thorvilson from Arkansas-Little Rock won the women’s individual title by covering the 6,000-meter course in a time of 22:10, taking home the meet’s Most Outstanding Female Performer honors in the process.